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Surveillance Video Released of NMSU B-ball Player’s Deadly Shooting

Written by Tony Ghaul

A New Mexico State basketball player was suspended over an incident in which he shot and killed an assailant. Mike Peake, a junior forward on New Mexico State, got in an altercation at the school’s football game against rival New Mexico back in October.

It led to a huge brawl that was caught on camera.

When the two schools played each other on New Mexico’s campus, Peake was “lured” into what he thought would be sexual activity by a 17-year-old girl and ambushed by three men. He would be attacked with a bat as he tried to run away. He would then be pursued as he fired his gun, killing one of his assailants.

There is video of the altercation going down.

New Mexico State athletics director Mario Moccia confirmed to the Las Cruces Sun News that Peake has been suspended indefinitely.

“I cannot or the school can’t comment on his status as a student, but Mike is indefinitely suspended from the program pending the university process and current ongoing investigation process,” Moccia said.“If there is criticism, I’m more than willing to take that, but I felt that — while I can’t get into specifics — but while an individual is going through multiple procedures, I felt that’s not the appropriate time for that announcement,” Moccia said.

The incident happened on Nov. 19, but the suspension was not announced until Monday. The teen girl who allegedly lured him was charged with aggravated battery and conspiracy and one of the surviving assailants was charged with aggravated battery, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Peake has not been charged with a crime in the incident.

Photo courtsey of Twitter / @NMStatePolice

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