Rodrigo Aguirre, 36

Deming, New Mexico
February 22, 2020

Agencies: Luna County Sheriff - New Mexico | New Mexico State Police DPS

Cause of death: Shooting

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New Mexico State Police said veteran State Police officer Daniel Soliz shot and killed Rodrigo Aguirre, 36, on Feb. 22 in Deming. Soliz has been with the agency more than a decade.

He said the deadly confrontation occurred after Aguirre led local deputies on a pursuit and fired at them with a shotgun.

Soriano said it began when Deming police officers responded to a burglary around 2:30 p.m. and Aguirre fled from the scene in a red minivan and lost officers during a pursuit through Deming.

He said Luna County Sheriff’s deputies found Aguirre a short time later but had to retreat after he fired at one of them with a shotgun multiple times. State Police were called in to assist and officer Soliz found Aguirre hiding in a bush with a shotgun.

Soriano said after Aguirre refused to drop his weapon, officer Soliz fired two shots from his rifle, fatally wounding Aguirre.