LAS CRUCES, NM — An altercation unfolded in Las Cruces as Officer Jonah Hernandez, a two-year veteran of the Las Cruces Police Department, was killed after being stabbed in the line of duty. The incident occurred on Sunday around 5 p.m. when Officer Hernandez responded to a trespassing call on the 300 block of South Valley Drive, near Amador Avenue.
According to preliminary information, the suspect, identified as a 29-year-old man, was shot and killed by a witness who observed part of the incident. The identity of the suspect has not been disclosed as of now. The witness, utilizing the fallen officer's radio, promptly called for assistance.
Officer Hernandez sustained at least one stab wound during the confrontation. He was transported to Mountain View Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. Originally from El Paso, Officer Hernandez leaves behind a wife and two sons.
The investigation into the event has led to the closure of part of Valley Drive, north of Amador Avenue. This marks the first instance of an officer losing being killed in the line of duty for the Las Cruces Police Department, according to an LCPD spokesperson. The law enforcement community and residents alike mourn the loss of Officer Jonah Hernandez, whose dedication and sacrifice will be remembered.