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The attempted armed robbery of a New Mexico smoke shop ended in the shooting death of the suspect.

According to KVIA, Las Cruces Police say that just before 9 p.m. on Sunday, 24-year-old Luciano Acuna entered DCP’s Smoke Shop armed with a shotgun and with his face partially covered by a mask.

Detectives believe Acuna pointed the shotgun at one of the smoke shop employees and began demanding cash from the store’s register.

As KVIA reports, Acuna became distracted for a second, and the employee quickly grabbed a handgun, firing multiple shots at the armed robber. One of those shots hit Acuna in the head.

The store employee who fired the lethal shot and another employee left the smoke shop through the back door and called 911.

Police arrived shortly thereafter, and Acuna was pronounced dead at the scene.

KVIA says the two employees cooperated with police. No charges are expected to be filed against the man who shot and killed Acuna.

Police later learned that the shotgun used in the crime had been reported stolen.

This wasn’t Acuna’s first armed robbery. KVIA points to court records that reveal Acuna was previously arrested and charged with armed robbery with a deadly weapon back in 2010.

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