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APD Academy Cadet identified as murder victim in domestic violence tragedy

Murder Suicide
November 22, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE – The Albuquerque Police Department identified Taylor Hagan, a cadet in the current APD police academy, as the victim in what appears to be a murder-suicide on Tuesday.

Homicide detectives determined that Hagan, 32, was fatally shot by a family member, shortly after 4 p.m. on Tuesday at the Olympus Encantada apartment complex, located at 6401 Santa Monica Ave., N.E. The family member then shot himself. He died at the scene.

APD Chief Harold Medina informed Hagan’s fellow cadets late Tuesday of her death. Her body was escorted by APD’s Honor Guard as she was transported to the Office of the Medical Investigator.

“Taylor was working hard to meet the challenges of becoming an APD officer,” Chief Medina said. “She chose to serve the community as a police officer and keep the community safe. My sincere condolences go out to her family and loved ones on behalf of the entire APD family.”

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of police cadet Taylor Hagan and are keeping her loved ones and fellow cadets in our prayers,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Domestic violence affects people from all walks of life and incidents can unfortunately increase during the holidays, so I urge everyone in our community to be on the look-out for warning signs of abuse.”

Domestic violence tends to increase during the holidays. If someone is in immediate danger, we urge them to leave or have someone they can trust stay with them and call a crisis hotline for assistance, location of a women's shelter, counseling, and crisis intervention. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 at 800-799-7233. Local resources can be found on our web site.