Deputy shoots and kills police officer during an argument after transporting a man to prisonBy Mason White 10:37 AM October 30, 2014
|Jeremy Martin (right) Tai Chan (left)|
By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A police officer was shot by a highly trained SWAT team officer during an argument.
Now, the New Mexico deputy sheriff was charged with murder after he allegedly fired several rounds from his gun at his colleague during an alcohol-fueled argument in a hotel, police said.
Deputy Tai Chan, 27, an officer in Santa Fe, is being held without bail at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.
The shooting occurred shortly after 12:00 a.m., at the Encanto Hotel in the city of Las Cruces, where the two officers had stopped for the night after transporting a prisoner to Arizona.
Investigators said that Chan and Deputy Jeremy Martin, 29, went to three restaurants on Monday night, where they drank and got into a heated argument. The fighting intensified once they were back at the hotel.
Witnesses heard arguing and then several shots rang out.
Martin tried to escape in an elevator, but was shot in the back and arms, authorities said.
Police arrived at the hotel and found Martin near the elevator with multiple injuries, Las Cruces Police spokesperson Dan Trujillo said.
Martin was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Chan was found in a stairwell near the roof of the hotel. He was taken into custody without incident and a semi-automatic pistol, believed to be his service weapon, was found nearby.
Martin had been a deputy for two years and six months, while Chan was in the force for three years.
Martin left behind a wife and three children, all under 10 years old. Chan, who is being held without bail, is expecting a baby with his girlfriend.