Eunice police investigating first homicide since 2006

Eunice police investigating first homicide since 2006
Police investigating crime scene (Source: KWES).
Police investigating crime scene (Source: KWES).

EUNICE, NM (KWES) - Police say its the first homicide since 2006.

"It's been 10 years since the last incident of any similar circumstance," said Police Chief Jimmie Jones of the Eunice Police Department.

Eunice police called in New Mexico State Police for back up in the investigation. They will be working with local authorities to find out what events led to the shooting.

"They take their time and do a very thorough job," said Jones.

Police say they got the call at 9:15 p.m. They responded to the 1300 block of 14th Street in just minutes. There they found found 30-year-old Casey Poole of Hobbs, who was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound.

The owner of the home was the one who made 9-11 call. Police say they are still determining if she had any part in the shooting.

Chief Jones says he does not think there is any danger for Eunice residents.

"We think this an isolated event. We do not feel like there is any threat or any danger to the community or anyone in the neighborhood," said Jones.

The incident is being investigated as a homicide, but other details have not yet been released. The mayor insists that Eunice is safe and has faith in law enforcement in catching those responsible.

"We have 100 percent confidence in our law enforcement. Our crime rate is low. It's one of the lowest in the state and one of the lowest in the county for sure," said Eunice Mayor Johnnie White.

"I hope its another 20 or 30 years before we have another situation," said Jones.

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