Off-duty Silver City police captain kills girlfriend, self

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SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) – Authorities say an off-duty Silver City police captain shot and killed his estranged girlfriend before taking his own life.

New Mexico State Police say 41-year-old Marcello Contreras and 31-year-old Nikki Bascom both died at the scene of Thursday’s shooting outside a Silver City home.

According to a male witness, Contreras and Bascom were in the process of ending their relationship.

Contreras showed up and allegedly pointed a gun at the witness and demanded to speak with Bascom, who was sitting inside a vehicle.

The witness told police he persuaded Contreras to turn over his gun.

That is when Bascom got out of the vehicle and Contreras allegedly pulled out a second firearm and shot her.

He then turned the gun on himself.

The investigation remains ongoing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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