Grant County Gun Violence

  • On February 6, 2019, in Silver City, New Mexico, Christopher Madrid, age 29, pulled a gun on a clerk at a Chevron station. A week later, on February 13, 2019, In Silver City, New Mexico, Madrid was charged with shooting a woman in an apartment. The woman survived and Madrid has been charged with attempted murder and armed robbery. Source: Silver City Daily Press
  • On October 5, 2017, in Silver City, New Mexico, police officer Javier Hernandez shot 41-year-old Michael Aguirre before Aguirre drove into his vehicle after a short pursuit. Hernandez, a former Grant County sheriff’s deputy who retired in 2014, said he was in “fear for his life and that of other officers.” Aguirre is charged with fleeing a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Source: Albuquerque Journal
  • On April 22, 2016, in Silver City, New Mexico, authorities say an off-duty Silver City police captain shot and killed his estranged girlfriend before taking his own life. New Mexico police say 41-year-old Marcello Contreas and 31-year-old Nikki Bascon both died at the scene of the shooting. Source: Las Cruces Sun News
  • On April 15, 2016, the Grant county sheriff’s office investigated an apparent homicide after responding to a 911 call. They found 20-year-old Mauricio Acosta lying outside an apartment complex with gunshot trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Source: Silver City Sun News
  • On January 1, 2013, in Silver City, New Mexico, a woman pulled out a gun that she had concealed from sheriff’s deputies and hospital staff and shot and killed herself in the hospital emergency room. Source: Las Cruces Sun
  • On May 26, 2013, in Silver City, New Mexico, 50-year-old Steve Becerra shot and killed 49-year-old Mary Portilla and then turned the gun on himself. Portillo’s 8-year-old daughter was in the house at the time of the shooting and was not hurt. Source: SCSunNews.Com
  • On August 30, 2013, in Silver City, New Mexico, 19-year-old Eric Vegn was killed in a shooting outside a home in Silver City. 17-year-old Jose Varela was treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen and died that night. A 16-year-old was charged with the shooting. Source: Albuquerque Journal
  • On June 22, 2015, in Silver City, New Mexico, police responded to a shooting at 600 N. Swan Street. They found spent shells. Hours later the police discovered there were 3 shooting victims admitted to the Gila Medical Center. Source: KOAT 7 News
  • On May 24, 2015, in Silver City, New Mexico, a resident on the block of Gold St. woke to the sound of gunshots in his home. He went into the kitchen and saw that his roommate had been shot in the leg. Source: Silver City Daily Press
  • On July 27, 2015, in Silver City, New Mexico, police found an 87-year-old man and his 84-year-old wife shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide. Source: KRQE News 13

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