LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow sheriff's deputy is expected to make an initial court appearance Wednesday in Las Cruces.
Deputy Tai Chan was being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.
He's charged with murder in the shooting early Tuesday morning of Deputy Jeremy Martin.
Las Cruces police say the shooting occurred in a hotel after the 27-year-old Chan and the 29-year-old Martin drank at a nightspot and argued at their hotel.
The shooting happened just after midnight at Hotel Encanto in the southern New Mexico city of Las Cruces, where the two Santa Fe County deputies had stopped to spend the night after transporting a prisoner to Safford, Arizona.
Investigators say Chan, 27, and Deputy Jeremy Martin, 29, went to three restaurants Monday night, including Dublin's Street Pub where they drank and got into a heated argument. The fight escalated once they were back at the hotel.
Witnesses heard arguing and then several gunshots rang out.
As Martin tried to flee into an elevator, he was shot in the back and arms, authorities said.
Police arrived at the hotel and found Martin staggering off the elevator with multiple wounds, Las Cruces police spokesman Dan Trujillo said.