- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - District Attorney investigators say a Las Cruces man fatally shot himself with a stolen police gun during a confrontation with officers last year.

An autopsy also shows 29-year-old Jose Salas was shot multiple times by Las Cruces police during the Dec. 22 incident but it’s unclear which gunshot wound caused his death.

The autopsy report says Salas had five gunshot wounds to his head, back, arm and shoulder.

Police responded to a disturbance at a home and say Salas assaulted an officer who arrived in an unmarked police vehicle.

After a brief foot chase, police say Salas got into the unmarked vehicle and tried to flee before driving into a drainage canal.

Salas later emerged with a handgun and was shot after police say he wouldn’t drop the weapon.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

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