BODYCAM: New Mexico Officer Cleared in OIS

The suspect was killed after pointing his gun at the officer

By Crawford Coates  |   Aug 15, 2017


A Las Cruces police officer has been cleared in the shooting that killed a 52-year-old man.

“After an extensive review of this case we have concluded that the shooting by Officer Kenneth Davis was justified under New Mexico law,” said District Attorney Mark D’Antonio in a letter dated Aug. 14, 2017.

The shooting took place on July 17th after Ernesto Sedillo pointed a gun at Officer Davis. 

According to police Davis responded to a report of a suspicious person, possibly armed with a knife on Delta Drive in Las Cruces. When Davis arrived, he spotted Sedillo, who was getting into the back seat of a car. As Davis approached the car, Sedillo started to get out of the car and pointed a gun at the officer, prompting him to fire his weapon. 

The investigation revealed that Davis fired eight rounds in total, four of those struck Sedillo.

After the shooting officers did recover a 9mm handgun from Sedillo’s car and found a knife in a sheath he was wearing. 

Davis was placed on administrative leave but returned to work on July 24th.

Davis is a four year veteran of the Las Cruces Police Department. Before that, he worked with the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department since 2009.

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Crawford Coates is the author of Mindful Responder: The First Responder's Field Guide to Improved Resilience, Fulfillment, Presence, & Fitness--On & Off the Job and the publisher at Calibre Press.
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