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Police: Drug-fueled delusion led to deadly shooting

July 17, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a driver who became paranoid after smoking methamphetamine and marijuana opened fire on another vehicle as he was driving along a New Mexico interstate, killing the other driver.

Albuquerque police say 51-year-old Donald Duquette turned himself in after Monday’s shooting. He was booked on an open count of murder and shooting at or from a motor vehicle.

Duquette told investigators he thought the other driver was going to kidnap his friend and sell her for drugs. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Police on Wednesday identified the man who was killed as 45-year-old Jose Ruben Diaz. He was on his way to work when the shooting happened.

Officers found Diaz, a father of two, slumped over the steering wheel of his truck. He had been struck in the head by the gunfire.

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