Photo of man shot by state police draws fire

Sep 5, 2012

Authorities say a New Mexico state police officer is under investigation for taking a cell phone photo of a man shot and killed by state police.

KOB-TV reports that New Mexico State Police Chief Robert Shilling apologized Tuesday for the actions of the unnamed officer.

A picture depicting the body of Sam Pauly who was fatally shot by state police in October his Glorieta home was recently sent to KOB-TV. State police shot Pauly after reports of a road rage complaint earlier in the evening.

After the shooting, authorities say an officer assigned to maintain scene security snapped a photograph of the body with a personal cell phone.

The attorney for the Pauly family, Dan Cron, said the photograph showed that the investigation has been compromised.