Police: New Mexico man shot man beating girlfriend

Created: 02/25/2014 9:10 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico man is facing charges after Alamogordo police say he fatally shot another man who was beating his girlfriend.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that 21-year-old Albert Whitehead was charged Monday with an open count of murder in the death of 36-year-old Eric Gillock, of Hurst, Texas.

Authorities say Whitehead saw Gillock beating his girlfriend outside an Alamogordo home late Sunday, grabbed a .22 rifle, and ordered Gillock stop hurting the woman.

Alamogordo Police Sgt. Roger Schoolcraft said during their confrontation Gillock allegedly charged at Whitehead, who then shot Gillock in the chest.

According to court records, Gillock was pronounced dead at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center early Monday.

Whitehead was released on an unsecured bond.

It was not known if Whitehead had an attorney.

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