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Lawsuit filed in police shooting of Hobbs woman

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Posted: Apr 30, 2014 2:57 PM

Updated: Apr 30, 2014 2:58 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) The family of a Hobbs woman fatally shot by a Texas police officer during a high-spend chase into New Mexico has filed a federal lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico last week says the Denver City Police Department and the Yoakum County Sheriff's Office in Texas violated Amy Reyna's right when she was shot following a 20-mile, two-state chase in October.

Authorities say the 35-year-old drove into a southeastern New Mexico pasture and stopped before an officer fired seven shots at her car.

A dashcam video of the shooting shows Reyna's car slowly backing away when an officer fired.

An autopsy ruled she had methamphetamine in her system.

The Lea County Sheriff's Department, who participated in the chase, also was named in the lawsuit.

A lawyer for the officer says he was protecting himself.

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