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Suspect named in former firefighter’s slaying

Terry Lee White, 50 (Courtesy APD)

Terry Lee White, 50 (Courtesy APD)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Detectives have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in the murder of a 54-year-old former firefighter who was found dead in his garage last December, according to a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department.

Officer Fred Duran said Terry Lee White, 50, is suspected of killing Don Fluitt in his home on the 3500 block of Plateau NW on Dec. 29.

“White was last known to be driving a silver 2012 GMC Canyon pickup bearing NM plate MFH649,” Duran said. “White is described as a Caucasian male, 6′ 0″, 185, with green eyes.”

Don Fluitt, 54

Don Fluitt, 54

Duran said White should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone who sees him should call 911 immediately. He did not say what what the relationship between White and Fluitt was or why detectives believe White is a suspect.

Fluitt’s brother, Dennis Fluitt, had previously told the Journal that when Don returned home from visiting his mother in California for Christmas to find signs his home had been occupied while he was gone. He said there was a pot on the stove and his dog was skittish and scared. The next day he was found dead in his garage.

White has no criminal history in New Mexico, according to online court records.