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Investigation underway following deadly officer-involved shooting at Las Cruces hotel

The Las Cruces Police Department and the officer-involved incident task force are investigating a deadly shooting that occurred Friday evening.

Las Cruces police said the shooting occurred at the Sleep Inn at 2121 S. Triviz Drive.

Authorities said officers were trying to make contact with a 36-year-old man who was believed to be suicidal and barricaded himself in a third-floor room at the hotel.

Earlier in the day, officers were dispatched to Joshua Clay Dunne’s home, and a relative told police Dunne was possibly suicidal and may be armed with a 9 mm handgun and a hunting knife.

Officers were searching for Dunne’s Toyota 4Runner and found it parked at the Sleep inn.

Police said they tried to negotiate with Dunne for several hours, and the department’s SWAT and hostage negotiation teams were called, but Dunne remained uncooperative.

Around 10:30 p.m., shots were fired and the man was hit at least once. Dunne was taken to Memorial Medical Center, where he died from his wounds, police said.

No officers were injured during the incident, and two officers were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings, police said.

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