New Mexico Deputy Charged with Shooting Colleague

LAS CRUCES (AP) — Police have charged a northern New Mexico sheriff’s deputy with murder in the death of a fellow deputy who was shot several times as he tried to flee an alcohol-fueled argument at a Las Cruces hotel.

Deputy Tai Chan, a warrant officer with Santa Fe County, is being held without bond night at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

Police say the shooting happened just after midnight at Hotel Encanto, where Chan and Deputy Jeremy Martin had stopped to spend the night after transporting a prisoner to Arizona.

Investigators say the deputies went to Dublin’s Street Pub where they drank and got into an argument that escalated at the hotel.

As Martin tried to flee into an elevator, several rounds were fired, hitting him in the back and arms. He was pronounced dead at a Las Cruces hospital.

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