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Police: Woman hid gun at elementary school in Aztec

Meg Hilling and The Associated Press
May 16, 2018 06:22 PM

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico woman is accused of hiding a handgun on the grounds of an elementary school.


Brooke Showers, 25 was arrested in Aztec last week following an investigation by police. A criminal complaint alleges Showers told police she hid a revolver in a gun case at Lydia Rippey Elementary School.

Court documents say an officer found the gun with six rounds but it's unclear if the rounds were in the gun or in the case.

"Some teachers called in [about a] young lady that was acting suspicious near the school," said Lt. Joseph Gonzales with the Aztec Police Department.

When police arrived to investigate, that young lady was gone but not far away.

"While they were still on scene, they actually got a phone call from a neighbor over on ruins road area, that there was a young lady that was making some suspicious statements. Was acting unusual," Gonzales said.

"From speaking with her, she indicated she has possibly hidden a gun somewhere," Gonzales said.

Showers was charged with unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premise. There's no listing of an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

"She said in her mind she wanted the gun destroyed. So they were asking her, why didn't you turn the gun into the police? She didn't answer,” Gonzales said.

Police are applauding the teachers and residents that called them for their quick actions.

"Obviously we can't be everywhere all the time. So we rely on people to you know contact us," Gonzales said.


Meg Hilling and The Associated Press

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