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FBI: Woman wanted in Navajo Nation slaying

Trudy Martinez (FBI)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Authorities say a woman gunned down a family member during a fight Friday night and fled her home in Twin Lakes, NM, with her three children.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said 28-year-old Trudy Martinez is wanted for murder, use of a firearm in a crime of violence and crimes occurring in Indian County.

Fisher did not identify the woman slain but family confirmed she was Martinez sister-in-law.

He said Martinez is currently on the run with her three daughters who are 10, 9 and 5-years-old. She is described as 5 feet 3 inches, weighs 150 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

“She should be considered armed and dangerous,” Fisher said.

Martinez with her three daughters (Courtesy of Martinez’s family)

According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Navajo Nation police responded to a shooting Friday night at a rural home near Highway 491 in Twin Lakes. They found Martinez’s 36-year-old sister-in-law shot and she later died at a hospital.

Agents say they spoke with the woman’s daughter, who is also Martinez’s niece, and she told them the shooting sparked from a dispute over trash.

The woman told agents Martinez was cleaning the yard Friday and became upset that nobody was helping her. Martinez walked inside the house and started a fight with her sister-in-law before getting a rifle from a truck outside.

Agents say Martinez shot her sister-in-law when she tried to take the rifle away and then threatened her niece with it before leaving the house.

Martinez’s brother told agents that she called him afterward, said she “had done something wrong” and told him about the shooting.

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