Former Los Alamos Acting Police Chief Randy Foster, center, and Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero, right, as well as several LAPD officers attended today’s public memorial at Capital High School for Santa Fe Deputy Jeremy Martin who was allegedly gunned down Monday by a fellow deputy. Courtesy photo
A procession of law enforcement vehicles honor fallen Deputy Jeremy Martin during a public memorial service today in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
Former Los Alamos Acting Police Chief Randy Foster, Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero and several LAPD officers attended today’s public memorial at Capital High School for Santa Fe Deputy Jeremy Martin who was allegedly gunned down Monday by a fellow deputy.
Foster served in the same unit as Martin for about a year at the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department before leaving a few months ago to become police chief in Bloomfield.
“Jeremy was the epitome of a good law enforcement officer … it’s what he always wanted to be and he did an outstanding job,” Foster said.
Lucero served with the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department for more than two decades but retired before Martin joined the department in 2011.
“I did not know him … this is a very sad situation for all concerned and my heart goes out to the family,” Lucero said.
Martin, 29, leaves behind his pregnant wife and their three young children.
Tai R. Chan, 27, is charged with murder in the case. According to the sheriff’s department, the deputies were on their way back from transporting an inmate to Safford, Ariz., and decided to spend the night in Las Cruces. They checked into a hotel late in the afternoon and in the evening went out to a local pub.
Police report that it’s believed the deputies were drinking and got into an argument. Back at the hotel, Chan allegedly shot several rounds from a semi-automatic weapon at Martin. Police said he had several gunshot wounds to his back and arms and died at the hospital.