Dona Ana County man suspected of road rage incident resulting gunfire

Detectives believe a shooting in Las Cruces on Friday started as a road rage incident.

Las Cruces Police on Friday were called out to reports of shots fire in the parking lot of the Long John Silver’s restaurant at 1155 El Paseo Road.

When police arrived, they found three people in a car with a shattered back window, officials said.

Police said a man was driving his brother and his brother’s girlfriend to the restaurant when the driver of a Dodge pickup began following them aggressively.

The victims pulled into the parking lot of Long John Silver’s and were followed by Jonathan Manzanarez, the driver of the Dodge pickup.

Police said Manzanarez pulled out a handgun and fired at least one round that struck the car and shattered its back window.

Manzanarez reportedly drove away and was followed by the victims as they called police.

Manzanarez was pulled over near the intersection of Foster Road and Durazno Drive and taken into custody.

Investigators said they found a black .40-caliber handgun in the pickup.

Manzanarez was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he is being held on a cash bail set at $25,000.

He is charged with one count of shooting at or from a motor vehicle and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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