Potentially deadly situation ends with arrest

Aaron Reed

Las Cruces Police Department

A man who was reported to have pointed a firearm at someone Wednesday morning was detained at gunpoint by Las Cruces police who found him hiding in an area business, still armed and reaching for his firearm as officers approached, police said.

Aaron Reed, 21, is charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

Shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, Las Cruces police were dispatched to an apartment near the intersection of Idaho Avenue and Pecos Street where two men said they were confronted by two others who began taunting them. The victims told police that one of the suspects, later identified as Reed, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at them.

A responding officer found the two suspects near Idaho and Solano Drive and detained one of them, a 14-year-old boy. The other suspect, later determined to be Reed, fled from the officer who was giving him commands to stop.

Officers flooded the area and began searching for Reed. Police were helped by a witness who saw Reed run into a store on Foster Road, police said. Officers tried to detain Reed inside the store, but he fled out a back door. Police chased after Reed, who allegedly tried to climb over a fence. After several commands, Reed appeared to be reaching for his gun but refrained from pulling it on the officers, who had the suspect at gunpoint.

Reed was quickly disarmed and detained by the officers. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

No charges have been filed against the 14-year-old boy who was accompanying Reed.

Police alleged that Reed had two outstanding warrants from Magistrate Court . Bond for the warrants totaled $30,223 while Wednesday’s charges carry an additional $5,500 bond.

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