Former Tucumcari fire chief accused of drugging, raping woman

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (KRQE) – The likely reason why the Tucumcari fire chief was fired earlier this year has emerged.

Shane Warner has been arrested for rape. He was fired on March 19, just days after a city employee accused him of drugging her and raping her.

She said Warner would often administer anti-nausea drugs to employees who were feeling ill. She says Warner gave her the pill, then administered a syringe he said had vitamins.

The woman says she passed out. She was later given a sexual assault exam and tests showed a sedative in her system.

Charges were filed last week. However, the city manager would not confirm the reason why Warner was fired. 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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