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Police say there was an argument between two men in the parking lot of the Artesia Public Safety Complex. The argument escalated and one man shot and killed 42-year-old Mark Rommel. Artesia Police Officer Christopher Gallegos was in the immediate area and fired at the suspect, striking him. The suspect was airlifted to a hospital for injuries and has since been discharged.
Artesia police said that Sgt. Gallegos was put on administrative leave immediately following the shooting. State police are investigating the incident. There is no word yet on whether they will be pressing charges on the initial shooting suspect.