Body cam shows officer warn 75-year-old woman holding large knife before shooting her

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KFOX) — New body camera video from the Las Cruces Police Department has been released in connection to an officer-involved shooting in April that resulted in the death of 75-year-old Amelia Baca.

The body cam video released is from the officer who responded to the scene and shot the woman.

In the video, you can see the officer entering the property through the front entrance.

He reaches for the front door and tells the daughter and granddaughter of Baca to step out of the house.

The daughter and grandaughter are then seen on the video exiting the house.

In the video, you can hear the granddaughter tell the officer to “be very careful.”

As soon as Baca’s daughter and grandaughter exit the house, the officer yells at Baca to “set it down” referring to the two knives Baca has in her hands.

The officer is heard yelling several times at Baca to set down the knives.

As the officer continues to yell at Baca, the daughter and granddaughter who are on the front porch of the house are also heard screaming.

The officer tells Baca again to drop the knife. Baca is seen screaming back at the officer but it’s unclear what she is saying.

In the video, it’s also heard the officer keeps telling the daughter and the granddaughter to stay back.

In the video, it shows Baca has two large knives one in each hand and she has the knives pointed down at the ground.

The officer yells at Baca several times to “drop the expletive knife, drop the knife now!”

Video shows Baca putting both knives into one hand while the officer continues to yell at Baca to put the knives down.

Baca is then seen on video taking a step forward and that is when the officer shoots two rounds striking Baca.

In the video, you can hear the women screaming after hearing the shots fired.

Lifesaving measures were initiated, however, Baca died on the scene, according to a prior news release from police.

The officer who fired the shots then tells another officer to pull her body out for him to check the inside of the house.

The officer then searches the house along with another officer and found a child who was hiding in a bedroom.

The incident happened on April 16.

Another daughter of Baca initially called 9-1-1 and told dispatch that her mother had dementia.

Baca did not speak or understand English, according to Baca’s granddaughter.

The officer who shot Baca has been placed on administrative leave which is standard for such incidents, according to police.

Another officer who responded to the scene right before the shooting told investigators that the officer who shot and killed Baca was armed with his “duty-issued handgun” and nothing else.

The officer told investigators the initial call was for “behavioral issues.”

The officer said at first it was “told that a female was, a female was having an episode she was diagnosed with, I don’t recall exactly what she was diagnosed with, and then shortly after that dispatch stated that a female, that there was screaming in the background and that a female said another female was threatening her with a knife and was currently stabbing the floor threatening to kill the reported party.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico (ACLU) has called for a thorough and transparent investigation into the shooting.

The Dona Ana County Officer-Involved Incident Task Force made up of the New Mexico State Police, the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, the New Mexico State University Police Department, and the Las Cruces Police Department are investigating the incident.

The case will also be reviewed by the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office.


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