Smith and his passengers were in a silver car, believed to be a rental car, and were involved in a high-speed pursuit with State Police on Interstate 10, which started in Luna County, prior to the standoff.
After fleeing from State police at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, the suspect went through Deming, where Deming police and Luna County Sheriff's deputies also joined the chase.
State police deployed a spike strip at mile marker 108, which took out one of the car's tires, but Smith continued driving on the bare wheel at speeds around 70 miles per hour.
Police stopped the vehicle after it crashed on a sidewalk in a mostly residential area when it got off the freeway… and the standoff began just after 9:30 am closing Avenida de Mesilla between Valley Drive and South Main St.
Smith, who police say was armed with two handguns was transported to a Las Cruces hospital after being shot. State Police say he died at the scene.
LasCruces Sun-News photographer Robin Zielinski, who was at the scene as it unfolded, confirmed shots were fired and no officers had been hit. The State Police officer has been placed on a 3 day administrative leave which is standard protocol with any officer-involved shooting.