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Otero County Deputy Shoots Man in Bent

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Otero County man who allegedly instigated a domestic violence situation was hospitalized after being shot by a sheriff’s deputy in Bent Tuesday night, the Ruidoso News reported.

Tad Woods, 44, was taken into custody by Otero County sheriff’s deputies and transported to Gerald Champion Medical Center in Alamogordo, then flown to University Medical Center in El Paso where his condition was not immediately available, the News said.

State Police have been called in to investigate the shooting, which took place shortly after 9 p.m., the paper reported.

A woman told deputies that Woods had driven up behind her vehicle and rammed her twice as she was driving home and that Woods broke into her house, the News said.

Deputies found Woods and his pickup truck behind Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church off U.S. 70, and Woods allegedly rammed Deputy Edward Garcia’s vehicle two times, the paper reported.


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Otero County sheriff’s Sgt. Geraldine Martinez fired at Woods’ vehicle three times with an assault rifle, according to the News.

Woods then allegedly left the church parking lot and attempted to break into the woman’s home again, firing two rounds from a handgun into the locked front door, then by breaking a bedroom window in the woman’s house, the News said.

Deputies arrived and Woods was taken into custody without further incident, the newspaper reported.