San Juan Co. deputies cleared in woman’s shooting

February 5, 2012 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A San Juan County Sheriff’s Office investigation has cleared two deputies who shot a woman coming at them with a handgun.

Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Black tells the Farmington Daily Times ( [auth] that the deputies handled Tuesday night’s confrontation professionally and within use-of-force guidelines.

Black says 55-year-old Donna Peace was threatening to kill herself and several children inside her mobile home when deputies were called.

Deputies Katie Macsalka (MAC-sal-kah) and Emerson Charley were at a back door when Black came outside and pointed a 9mm pistol at them. Macsalka fired her handgun three times and Charley shot his Taser.

Peace was in good condition Friday at a Farmington hospital recovering from a bullet wound to the abdomen. She faces two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer.

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