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By Jacque Ritchie



A 25-year-old Aztec woman has been arrested this week on two firearms violations. Brooke Showers was charged with unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school grounds (fourth degree felony) and negligent use of a deadly weapon (intoxication) a petty misdemeanor. At approximately 9:00 p.m. on May 11, APD Officer Shawn Schmitt was dispatched to a home on the 500 block of Ruins Road to conduct a welfare check.

According to the police report, Showers (blew 0.08 on the Breathalyzer) told the officer she had hidden a gun outside. Showers led the officer to Lydia Rippey Elementary School grounds and reportedly showed him a tan canvas gun case containing a revolver and six rounds of ammunition hidden near the parking area. Showers reportedly told the officer she was “anti-school shooting” and she wanted to “save the children” The gun was secured and logged into evidence and Showers was arrested and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center.

According to Aztec Deputy Superintendent Tania Prokop, the suspect, “has absolutely no connection with the school in any way.” In a telephone interview with TALON Prokop said, “No children or faculty were ever in danger because this happened at 9 oclock at night.” Prokop stated, “We’re thankful to the school employee who saw some suspicious activity and made the initial call.” Prokop also said, “We are very thankful for the APD response and the way they handled the situation.”

According to NM courts.com John T. Beckstead is the attorney of record. Showers is currently being held without bond.


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