One killed in officer-involved shooting in Hobbs

New Mexico State Police (Source: Facebook)
New Mexico State Police (Source: Facebook)
Published: Aug. 14, 2015 at 1:30 AM CDT|Updated: Feb. 12, 2016 at 2:30 AM CST
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An afternoon police chase in Hobbs involving two law enforcement agencies ended with the death of one man.

Authorities tell us it started around 3 p.m., when a vehicle took off after being stopped.

Investigators say after a short chase, the vehicle then turned onto a dead-end street.

We're told there was a weapon near 49-year-old William Smith, who was a passenger in that vehicle.

Police say after a confrontation, several Lea County Sheriff's Deputies and an officer from the Hobbs Police Department, fired their weapons, hitting Smith.

Smith was then taken to the Hobbs Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody.

An investigation by the New Mexico State Police is underway.

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