Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of a man in Las Cruces

Police Scene (MGN Stock Image)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – Dona Ana County Sheriff’s officials say they’ve made an arrest in a homicide investigation.

They say 34-year-old Rocky Armendariz is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Christopher Lauster early Tuesday.

Authorities say the 35-year-old Lauster was at a home with at least two other people when Armendariz allegedly showed up and confronted him.

An argument ensued and reportedly became physical.

A witness told sheriff’s detectives he heard a gunshot and then found Lauster on the ground.

Lauster was transported to a Las Cruces-area hospital with a gunshot wound and later died.

Authorities say Armendariz had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.

He’s being held at the county Detention Center.

It was unclear Wednesday if Armendariz has a lawyer yet. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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