Police: Suspect injured in arrest may have lost sight
Las Cruces, N.M. – Las Cruces police say a knife-wielding shoplifting suspect accused of trying to steal a vehicle after stabbing mall employees may have lost his eyesight because of injuries suffered when police fired bean-bag rounds 15 times and stun guns 23 times to subdue him.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Police Chief Patrick Gallagher said during a Friday news conference that a multi-agency task force will investigate the March 23 incident involving 31-year-old Joshua James LeNoir.
Police released a 17-second police video clip showing projectiles being fired at a man who stood up, turned away from officers and walked away.
A police spokesman said LeNoir is at a rehabilitation facility after being released from a hospital.
Court records don’t list a defense attorney for LeNoir who could comment on the allegations.
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