Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Ranger Shoots, Kills Man at Elephant Butte NM SP

A New Mexico State Parks officer fatally shot a man at the Lion's Beach area of Elephant Butte State Park after the man became belligerent over a $14 camping fee, authorities said Wednesday.

When the volunteer camping host approached the man to collect the fee for the developed site, the man "became immediately verbally abusive and belligerent,'' Simon said. The volunteer called for a park ranger who responded.

"It seems to have been an escalating confrontation with our officer, and that confrontation ended in deadly force,'' he said. Full Story...

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