LAS VEGAS, NM — The New Mexico State Police (NMSP) Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate an officer involved shooting July 17 in Las Vegas, N.M. involving the City of Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD).
Investigators learned that at approximately 9:36 p.m., LVPD responded to a domestic dispute at 1315 Keen St. Upon arrival, officers attempted to contact the reporting person, later identified as Jeffery Scott, 30, of Las Vegas, N.M., when they observed a male, later identified as Scott, walk out of 1315 Keen St. armed with a shotgun.
Officers observed Scott walk toward the street and bend down behind a rock. As Scott stood up, he told officers, “Officers you better back up”. Scott then fired multiple rounds toward the officers. At that time, LVPD Officers Dennis Lujan and Elia Fasanella returned fire toward Scott with their department issued firearms.
Scott fled on foot toward the south side of the residence causing the officers to lose sight of Scott. At that point, a single gunshot was heard. Officers located Scott deceased with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.
Officers located a shotgun and a revolver near Scott’s body and a knife on him. No officers or bystanders were struck by gunfire. Scott was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator.
Ofc. Lujan has been employed with the City of Las Vegas Police Department for approximately 6 years. Ofc. Fasanella has been employed for approximately 1 year and 9 months. No officers or bystanders were injured in the incident.
Upon completion of the State Police investigation this case will be forwarded to an assigned district attorney’s office for review.