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Man who shot New Mexico State Trooper during traffic stop is claiming self defense

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The man who shot a New Mexico State Trooper as she approached his vehicle is claiming self defense, according to local sources.

Robert Nelson was charged with attempted murder of a federal officer following a shootout in September of 2020.

Trooper Sharron Duran, who was assigned to a federal task force, is now the target of Nelson’s attorneys, who are requesting redacted documents.

The lawyers are insinuating that Nelson had no choice but to shoot, and wish to see the redacted information that qualified her to be attached to federal assets.

According to KRQE, the attorneys feel the documenation “may be relevant to a potential self-defense argument if the evidence shows that officer Duran was deemed unfit due to her having a propensity for violence.”

At the time of the incident, Duran was hit but got back up, returning fire.

“I wasn’t sure where I got hit or how bad my injuries were, all I knew is I wasn’t ready to die,” Duran said.

The judge has since ordered prosecutors to hand over the letter for review.

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