LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico sheriff's deputy was talking to his girlfriend on the phone when the woman heard someone's pleas and then gunfire ring out. Soon after, Tai Chan, who's accused of killing a fellow deputy, told officers: "I shot the guy."
The revelations come in court documents and 911 recordings released Wednesday that described a tumultuous scene at the upper-end Hotel Encanto in the southern New Mexico city of Las Cruces. Investigators tried to piece together why a Santa Fe County deputy ended up dead after a night out drinking with a colleague.
While Chan's girlfriend was on the line, she heard someone say, "Please don't, please don't," and then gunshots erupted, the documents said.
Authorities accuse Chan of fatally shooting Deputy Jeremy Martin at the hotel after they drank at a nightspot and got into a heated argument Monday night, authorities said. They were staying at the hotel after dropping off a prisoner in Arizona, police said.
Chan's attorney, John Day, called the shooting a "tragic situation for everybody involved."