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Doña Ana County reserve deputy fatally shoots woman

Doña Ana County reserve deputy fatally shoots woman

David Lynch
November 01, 2017 04:25 PM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Officials with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office say a reserve deputy is on leave after allegedly shooting and killing a 37-year-old woman in Las Cruces Tuesday night.

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DACSO officials say several law enforcement officers – including the 47-year-old reserve, or volunteer, deputy – arrived at a residence on La Pradera Road, where a woman was reported to be in the homeowner’s shed and “claiming that someone was trying to kill her.”

After she came out of the shed holding a “sledge axe” and began to approach the reserve deputy, officials said the reserve deputy fired two shots in her direction, killing her.

Officials have not yet identified the victim, but said that through further investigation they discovered she was traveling with a man. That man later met with police and told them she was recently released from a mental health facility in El Paso. He also told police she had made suicidal statements, according to DACSO officials.

The incident is being investigated by representatives from DACSO, the Las Cruces Police Department, New Mexico State Police and New Mexico State University Police.

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