Records: Deputy told officers, 'I shot the guy'

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Records: Deputy told officers, 'I shot the guy'
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 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."

Before the shooting, Chan called a friend to pick up him and Martin to go drinking at Dublin's Street Pub, according to the criminal complaint. It was one of three restaurants the pair visited. At the pub, the two deputies got into an intense argument and began "pointing fingers at each other."

The friend, identified as Josh Sexauer, told investigators he had never seen Chan "hostile like that before and that the bartender had to separate them at one point."

It was unclear why the two were arguing.

The two deputies went back to the hotel and continued arguing until gunfire rang out. As Martin tried to flee into an elevator, he was shot in the back and arms, authorities said.

A number of witnesses said they heard a number of shots and a male voice yelling.

Officers who arrived at the hotel found Martin staggering off the elevator with multiple wounds, Las Cruces police said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Chan was later found in a stairwell with a Glock semi-automatic handgun, the complaint said. He was slurring his words and smelled of alcohol, police said.

Chan is scheduled to make his first court appearance via video Wednesday afternoon. He's facing a murder charge and is being held without bond at a jail in the southern New Mexico city of Las Cruces.

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