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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

[NM] Deputy Saiz will be fired for shooting at wife's house with son in the car

...[Sheriff Bob Melton] "I think if you're going to violate the law in a blatant and egregious manner, then you're certainly in the wrong profession and you need to look at doing something else"...

(What of the wife's safety now?)
Sheriff's deputy arrested for shooting at wife's home
By James Monteleone The Daily Times
03/18/2008
A San Juan County Sheriff's deputy was arrested Sunday for firing shots outside his wife's Bloomfield residence. Deputy Steven D. Saiz, 50, was charged with shooting from a moving vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to a year and a half in prison. Sheriff Bob Melton said the investigation of Bloomfield Police was sufficient evidence of Saiz's involvement, and the 15-year veteran deputy will be fired. "He will be terminated in short order," Melton said. "I think if you're going to violate the law in a blatant and egregious manner, then you're certainly in the wrong profession and you need to look at doing something else." Bloomfield Police were alerted to the incident after hearing shots fired. While responding to the scene, officers pulled Saiz over as he left the vicinity, but recognized him as a sheriff's deputy and allowed him to leave. "It was the assumption of the officer that this person wasn't involved because of the position of trust that he held," Bloomfield Chief Drew Standley said. "Unfortunately it turned out to be different"... Neighbors said Saiz had threatened in November 2007 to shoot at them, but police were never alerted to that threat... After matching the shell casings found with Saiz's firearm and interviewing the sheriff's deputy and his adult son who was in the vehicle at the time, Bloomfield Police arrested Saiz around 4 p.m. Sunday. The termination process could take up to a week, during which Saiz will be on unpaid leave from duty... [Full article here]

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