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New Mexico police officer dies after being stabbed by trespassing suspect

A New Mexico police officer was stabbed to death Sunday while responding to a trespassing call, officials said.

Las Cruces Police Department Patrol Officer Jonah Hernandez responded to a call reporting a trespassing in the 300 block of South Valley Drive around 5 p.m. Sunday, the department wrote on Facebook.

The investigation is preliminary, but police believe Hernandez was stabbed by a suspect who was trespassing on the property.

Hernandez was taken to Mountain View Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

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A New Mexico police officer was stabbed to death Sunday after responding to a trespassing call. (Las Cruces Police Department)

Police also determined that the suspect was shot and killed by a witness who witnessed at least part of the interaction between Mr. Hernandez and the alleged trespasser.

Witnesses then used Hernandez’s radio to call for help.

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Jonah Hernandez was taken to Mountain View Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. (Las Cruces Police Department)

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Hernandez, a native of El Paso, Texas, worked for the Las Cruces Police Department for two years. He leaves behind his wife and two sons, ages 10 and 2.

The suspect has been identified only as a 29-year-old man. Police said his name will not be released until his next of kin is notified.

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