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An LCPD officer fires his gun at Julian Valenzuela near the intersection of South Espina Street and Fearny Street on March 4, 2022.

Police bodycam shows violent encounter in Las Cruces

A police officer and a man accused of shooting his wife exchanged gunfire in the middle of Espina Street. A few minutes later, a police K-9 and several police officers detained the bloodied man and charged him with attempted murder.

A new video, obtained by the Sun-News via a public records request, shows what happened in between. While the man was partly surrounded by a half dozen rifle-wielding officers, Las Cruces police unleashed a police K-9 onto Julian Valenzuela before moving in to arrest the man. 

Valenzuela, 34, is charged with one count of attempted murder, four counts of abuse of a child, and one count of shooting at or from a motor vehicle.

The video is gruesome — all of us in the newsroom agreed. It was partially redacted by the City of Las Cruces when it was released to us. We had a conversation about whether it should be redacted further, because of its graphic nature. Ultimately, we decided not to. We released it exactly as we got it — except for a warning at the top of the video to let viewers know that what they’d see may be disturbing.

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