Man fatally shot by New Mexico State Police after a standoff near Deming last week identified


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DEMING, New Mexico — Authorities have identified a man who was fatally shot by a member of the New Mexico State Police Tactical Team after a standoff near Deming last week.

State police say the man killed last Friday morning was William Smith, who was a military veteran who may have been suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

They say officers tried to stop a speeding motorist on Interstate 10 and that led to a standoff that lasted several hours.

The officer who fired the fatal shot is a 12-year veteran and was assigned to provide perimeter security while fellow tactical officers approached Smith's vehicle.

The officer reported seeing Smith point a firearm in the direction of the other officers. He fired a single shot and Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

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