Homicide

Police: New Mexico deputy shoots, kills fellow deputy at hotel after transporting prisoner

  • CORRECTS SHOOTING TO TUESDAY - Investigators gather evidence from a Santa Fe County Sheriff Deputy's vehicle, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014,  in the parking lot of Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces in Las Cruces, N.M. Authorities say the deputy shot and killed a fellow deputy at the hotel just after midnight on Tuesday. Officials say the two were headed to Arizona to extradite a prisoner back to Santa Fe. It was not known what sparked the shooting. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

    CORRECTS SHOOTING TO TUESDAY - Investigators gather evidence from a Santa Fe County Sheriff Deputy's vehicle, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in the parking lot of Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces in Las Cruces, N.M. Authorities say the deputy shot and killed a fellow deputy at the hotel just after midnight on Tuesday. Officials say the two were headed to Arizona to extradite a prisoner back to Santa Fe. It was not known what sparked the shooting. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sheriff Robert Garcia pauses during a news conference,  Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014 in Santa Fe, N.M. Authorities say a Santa Fe County deputy has shot and killed a fellow deputy at a Las Cruces hotel. Las Cruces Police say the shooting took place just after midnight Tuesday at Hotel Encanto. Officials say the two deputies were headed back to Santa Fe after transporting a prisoner to Arizona. It's not known what sparked the shooting.  (AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Clyde Mueller)

    Sheriff Robert Garcia pauses during a news conference, Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014 in Santa Fe, N.M. Authorities say a Santa Fe County deputy has shot and killed a fellow deputy at a Las Cruces hotel. Las Cruces Police say the shooting took place just after midnight Tuesday at Hotel Encanto. Officials say the two deputies were headed back to Santa Fe after transporting a prisoner to Arizona. It's not known what sparked the shooting. (AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Clyde Mueller)  (The Associated Press)

  • Investigators gather evidence from a deputy’s vehicle in the parking lot of Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 in Las Cruces, N.M. Authorities say a Santa Fe County deputy has shot and killed a fellow deputy at a Las Cruces hotel. Las Cruces Police say the shooting took place just after midnight Tuesday at Hotel Encanto. Officials say the two deputies were headed back to Santa Fe after transporting a prisoner to Arizona. It's not known what sparked the shooting. (AP Photo/Las Cruces Sun-News, Robin Zielinski)

    Investigators gather evidence from a deputy‚Äôs vehicle in the parking lot of Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 in Las Cruces, N.M. Authorities say a Santa Fe County deputy has shot and killed a fellow deputy at a Las Cruces hotel. Las Cruces Police say the shooting took place just after midnight Tuesday at Hotel Encanto. Officials say the two deputies were headed back to Santa Fe after transporting a prisoner to Arizona. It's not known what sparked the shooting. (AP Photo/Las Cruces Sun-News, Robin Zielinski)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities in New Mexico say a sheriff's deputy has shot and killed a fellow deputy at a hotel.

Las Cruces police say the shooting took place just after midnight Tuesday at the Hotel Encanto in the southern New Mexico city of Las Cruces. It was not known what sparked the shooting.

Officials say the two Santa Fe County deputies were heading back to Santa Fe after transporting a prisoner to Arizona.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia confirms that one deputy is accused in another deputy's death. Garcia says his department's personnel are grieving and that he's at a loss for words.

Garcia and Las Cruces police did not release the names of the deputies.