Lincoln County
Gun Violence

  • On April 3, 2017, in Ruidoso, New Mexico, Andrew Poteet Magill, age 25, was accused of shooting and wounding a sheriff’s deputy during a struggle at a hospital. Magill has been charged with the killing of Maryann Moorhouse at a ranch in the area. A motorist picked up Magill near the ranch and, because he was so agitated, dropped him at the Ruidoso police station. Police took him to the hospital. Sheriff’s deputies went there after learning a suspect was being treated there. Magill shot the deputy in the shoulder when the deputy’s gun fell to the floor during a struggle. SOURCE: KOAT NEWS and ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL
  • On August 20, 2016, in Ruidoso, New Mexico, Ruidoso police fatally shot an intoxicated Brownfield Texas man, David Klassen, age 29, after what they called a domestic violence dispute in which he threatened residents with a rifle. Officers rescued approximately 15 people from the house before they shot Klassen, after he ignored repeated orders to drop his rifle. SOURCE: RUIDOSO NEWS
  • On July 27, 2016, in the White Mountain Wilderness, New Mexico, which is part of the Lincoln National Forest, US Forest Service officials found a man with an apparent self inflicted single gunshot to the head. The death of this man with ties to Lincoln County appears to be a suicide. SOURCE: RUIDOSO NEWS
  • On October 6, 2015 in Lincoln County, New Mexico a 28 year-old mother shot and killed her 4 year old daughter on the Jacarilla Apache Reservation. SOURCE: FBI AND KOB NEWS
  • On February 2, 2015 in Ruidoso, New Mexico, state police shot and killed a fugitive who was wanted in Texas for the sexual contact with a minor after he threatened the officers with a gun. SOURCE: RUIDOSO NEWS.COM
  • On February 13, 2011 in Ruidoso, New Mexico, 8 bullets were fired at tattoo parlor and a gym. SOURCE: TOPIX.COM
  • On September 10, 2014 in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a suspect from the Mexican Drug Cartel was charged for the murder of a Texas family. SOURCE: VDARE.COM
  • On October 11, 2010 in Ruidoso, New Mexico, the Ruidoso Police Department received a report that an armed robbery had taken place at the Swiss Chalet Motel. According to the report, the male suspect wore a mask and was armed with a handgun. SOURCE: RUIDOSO PRESS RELEASE
  • On July 19, 2014 in Ruidoso, New Mexico, the Ruidoso Sheriff Department conducted raids on 2 adjacent mobile homes resulting in the seizure of 8 firearms, one of which was stolen, and various illegal drugs. SOURCE: RUIDOSO PRESS RELEASE
  • On September 7, 2010 in Ruidoso, New Mexico, the New Mexico State Police investigated a shooting incident where several spent castings were found. Later, the state police received a call from the Lincoln County Hospital that they had 2 males with gunshot wounds. Later that day, another man was found with a gunshot wound at the Mescelero Reservation. SOURCE: RUIDOSO PRESS RELEASE
  • On April 4, 2010 in Ruidoso, New Mexico, 18 year-old honor student Iesha Gallegos was shot by an unknown male at an apartment complex. She died 3 weeks later due to complications from the gunshot wound. SOURCE: ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL
  • On March 22, 2012 in Ruidoso, New Mexico, police arrested a previously convicted felon for the possession of a firearm, narcotics and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. SOURCE: RUIDOSO PRESS RELEASE