HOBBS – The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted Thursday by the Hobbs Police Department (HPD) to investigate an officer involved shooting.
State Police investigators learned that at about 11:15 p.m. Thursday, HPD officers were called to the Allsup’s at 321 Dal Paso for reports of a male individual armed with a gun.
At the Allsup’s, officers encountered Roberto Mata, 46 of Carlsbad armed with a gun.
During the encounter shots were fired by Mata and an HPD officer. Mata was fatally struck by gunfire and pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. The officer was not injured in the incident.
A third individual who is believed to be involved in the incident fled the scene in a dark in color GMC or Chevrolet pickup.
This investigation is very preliminary. The identity of the officer involved will not be released at this time. Details about what led up to the shooting will be provided as they become available.
Anyone with information about this incident or information about the individual in the pickup who fled the scene is are asked to call the New Mexico State Police at 575.382.2500, option #1.