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Lea County Sheriff Dies After Shooting Self

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LOVINGTON - Officials with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety say Lea County Sheriff Rod Coffman shot and killed himself Sunday night.

Hobbs Police and State Police responded to a 911 call from Coffman's home in the 5200 block of Baggett Street in Hobbs around 11:30 p.m.

Officers found Coffman deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. State Police say it is unknown at this time why Coffman may have committed suicide. The case is under investigation.

Lea County Undersheriff Mark Arrive is currently managing the department. Coffman was 47-year-old.