Police: New Mexico deputy kills fleeing colleague

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This undated photo provided by Las Cruces police shows Sheriff deputy Tai Chan a Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused of killing his fellow sheriff's deputy. Chan is being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center. He's charged with murder in the shooting of Deputy Jeremy Martin, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2014. 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. They were in Las Cruces while returning from Arizona after dropping off a prisoner. (AP Photo/ Las Cruces Police)
Pic: Santa Fe deputy Jeremy Martin was allegedly shot, killed by deputy Tai Chan in Las Cruces http://t.co/oYAMq78cQg http://t.co/veuTW68aVb
Pic: SF deputy Tai Chan allegedly shot & killed deputy Jeremy Martin during a fight in Cruces http://t.co/oYAMq78cQg http://t.co/gsHOsGPo6j
COURT RECORDS: Santa Fe Co. Deputy Tai Chan was on the phone with his girlfriend during the shooting. http://t.co/V2jNX6y0un
CORRECTS SHOOTING TO TUESDAY - Investigators gather in the parking lot of Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Las Cruces, N.M., where authorities say a Santa Fe County Sheriff Deputy shot and killed a fellow deputy at the hotel just after midnight on Tuesday. Officials say the two were headed to Arizona to extradite a prisoner back to Santa Fe. It was not known what sparked the shooting. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)
CORRECTS SHOOTING TO TUESDAY - Investigators gather in the parking lot of Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Las Cruces, N.M., where authorities say a Santa Fe County Sheriff Deputy shot and killed a fellow deputy at the hotel just after midnight on Tuesday. Officials say the two were headed to Arizona to extradite a prisoner back to Santa Fe. It was not known what sparked the shooting. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)
This Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 photo provided by the Las Cruces Police Department shows a closed off area of the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, NM. after a shooting. Authorities say a Santa Fe County deputy has shot and killed a fellow deputy at the hotel. Las Cruces Police say the shooting took place just after midnight Tuesday. Officials say the two deputies were headed back to Santa Fe after transporting a prisoner to Arizona. It's not known what sparked the shooting. (AP Photo/ Las Cruces Police Department)
Police think argument led New Mexico sheriff's deputy to kill fellow officer: http://t.co/H4kH1O0xQS http://t.co/sHEuOFsFTE
The Sheriff’s Office is a close family. This is a tragedy for all.Both deputies were exemplary individualsPlease keep us all in your prayers
Our condolences to our partners at the @santafesheriff on their loss, and to the family of SFCSO Deputy Jeremy Martin.
The Sheriff's Office will be closed today. http://t.co/1WqRZgeoMj
CORRECTS SHOOTING TO TUESDAY - Investigators gather evidence from a Santa Fe County Sheriff Deputy's vehicle, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in the parking lot of Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces in Las Cruces, N.M. Authorities say the deputy shot and killed a fellow deputy at the hotel just after midnight on Tuesday. Officials say the two were headed to Arizona to extradite a prisoner back to Santa Fe. It was not known what sparked the shooting. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)
Area inside Hotel E where police are investigating the late-night fatal shooting involving Santa Fe deputies. http://t.co/y95bm12kyo
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy fired several rounds from his semi-automatic weapon as his colleague tried to flee an alcohol-fueled argument at a hotel, police said Tuesday.

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.

Jeremy Martin, 29, was pronounced dead at MountainView Regional Medical Center, and detectives were interviewing the other deputy, Tai Chan, 27.

Chan's attorney, John Day, was on his way to Las Cruces on Tuesday and said details were limited.

"It's a tragic situation for everybody involved," the Santa Fe lawyer said.

Investigators with the Las Cruces Police Department were at the Hotel Encanto's parking lot collecting evidence that appeared to be from a deputy's vehicle. Hotel security staff prevented reporters from approaching the scene and ordered media off the property.

Investigators say the two deputies went to Dublin's Street Pub where they drank and got into an argument, which escalated at the hotel.

As Martin tried to flee into an elevator, several rounds were fired that hit him 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.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia said his department was mourning.

"I have grief counselors or crisis counselors here now meeting with a lot of my personnel, but it's a grieving law enforcement agency," Garcia said.

He said Martin had been a deputy for 2 ½ years, and Chan was on the force for three years.

Martin, a patrol officer, was married and had three children, all under the age of 10, the sheriff's office said.

At an emotional news conference, Garcia called both deputies "hardworking, committed individuals."

"I'm lost," Garcia said. "I'm at a loss for words."

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Associated Press writers Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Paul Davenport in Phoenix, contributed to this report.

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