RIO RANCHO, N.M. — A 29-year-old woman was fatally shot in the face by her 34-year-old brother last week, according to Rio Rancho police, who said it may have been an accident.
Chelsea Goupil of Rio Rancho was shot Dec. 23 with a small-caliber handgun, according to Lt. Matt Ross. The department has not released the name of Goupil’s brother because no charges have been filed against him.
Rio Rancho officers were dispatched around 9:30 p.m. to a home in the 300 block of Aldaba Circle, near Idalia and Unser, in response to reports of a shooting. Ross said that officers interviewed people who were in the home at the time and that the preliminary investigation determined that the shooting “might possibly have been accidental.”
“The investigation is leaning that way,” Ross said Tuesday.