LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - Police say an armed man who briefly evaded officers Wednesday morning died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
Officers responded to the Highland Park Apartments shortly before 9 a.m. to investigate reports of an armed man who allegedly threatened his sister's boyfriend with a gun, police said.
Police learned the suspect, only described as an 18-year-old Hispanic man, had outstanding warrants.
At about 9:10 am, officers spotted the suspect in a drainage arroyo near the 2300 block of Don Roser Drive east of I-25. The man ran away and jumped a chain link fence before a shot was fired.
Officers found the man with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, though it is not clear whether it was intentional or accidental.
Officers rushed the suspect to Mountainview Regional Medical Center because Memorial Medical Center, which is a block away, was on lockdown due to the incident.
No police officers were injured during the pursuit. Investigators later determined that the gun used had been reported stolen in Las Cruces.