Former Georgetown County investigator arrested after standoff in NM

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013

George Smith

SANTA FE, N.M.— A former Georgetown County Sheriff's Office investigator is in police custody in New Mexico after a SWAT team standoff at his Santa Fe home.
Santa Fe County Sheriff's officials say 44-year-old George Smith was taken to a hospital to be evaluated after the standoff ended about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
 They say Smith will be jailed on suspicion of resisting arrest and battery on a household member. Smith was a Georgetown deputy for 15 years until 2009
Authorities say Smith reported Wednesday morning to the Santa Fe County Jail to receive an electric monitoring device for a pharmacy robbery charge.
 When his wife walked across the street to report a battery charge against him, Smith reportedly fled and barricaded himself inside his home.
 Authorities say Smith was previously charged with holding up two pharmacies in the Santa Fe area in December to get Oxycodone.
He was found unconscious in an Albuquerque hotel room and was hospitalized.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office told the Associated Press that Smith was found in an Albuquerque hotel after the December robbery.
After that December incident, Lt. William Pacheco told the Albuquerque Journal that local police were called to check on a man and found Smith in a room.
Smith was taken to a hospital in critical condition and was treated for a narcotics overdose.

Source: The Associated Press

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