Santa Fe Grand Jury Finds NMSP Shooting Justified

Jan 16, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe grand jury has found New Mexico State Police were justified in last year's fatal shooting of a woman after a car chase.

Jeanette Anaya was shot in the head and back after police say she aggressively backed her car toward an officer in November.

Medical examiners determined the 39-year-old Santa Fe woman had cocaine in her system at the time.

An attorney for Anaya's family says he doesn't believe the shooting was justified or a bumping maneuver that the police officer used to stop Anaya's car. He's asking for an independent investigation from some other agency.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the grand jury met Tuesday and deliberated for 50 minutes before reaching its decision. The panel heard from 12 witnesses and saw 100 pieces of evidence.