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Family of New Mexico woman shot by officer in 2013 paid $3M

The scene of a November 2013 shooting on Camino Carlos Rey near Herb Martinez Park. A state police officer killed 39-year-old Jeanette Anaya following a chase. The scene of a November 2013 shooting on Camino Carlos Rey near Herb Martinez Park. A state police officer killed 39-year-old Jeanette Anaya following a chase.  |  Photo: Courtesy Luis Sánchez Saturno/New Mexican file photo

The Associated Press
May 19, 2017 04:09 PM

Family of New Mexico woman shot by officer in 2013 paid $3M

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Court documents show the state paid the family of a New Mexico woman fatally shot by a state police officer $3 million to keep them from filing a civil lawsuit.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the family had been paid nine months after a grand jury decided the 2013 shooting was justified.

The newspaper initially requested settlement records in 2015. Officials delayed the release, citing a statute allowing payouts to be kept private for a certain amount of time.

Open government advocates believe the state is misreading the law and should have released the information sooner.

Officer Oliver Wilson had been on the job a few weeks when he fired 16 bullets at Jeanette Anaya's vehicle as she fled. Two bullets hit the 39-year-old - one in the head and one in the back.

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