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3 Charged in N.M. Deputy’s Death

October 8, 2002

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LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) _ Three people have been charged in the death of a sheriff’s deputy and the wounding of his brother, also a police officer. Both were helping break up a bar fight.

Valencia County Deputy Damacio Montano, 28, was shot several times in the upper torso and died outside the Two Minute Warning sports bar early Sunday. Officer Eric Montano was shot in the hip.

Both were off duty and eating in the bar when they helped break up a fight between two women. They were leading the women outside when a car pulled up, and Nestor Chavez, 28, got out and began firing, police said.

Chavez, of Belen, was charged Monday with murder, attempted murder and other charges. He was arrested Sunday on an unrelated probation violation.

Michael Armendariz, 24, of Los Lunas, was also charged with murder and was at-large Monday. Sandra Baray, 19, of Los Lunas, was arrested Sunday and charged with being an accessory to murder and attempted murder.

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