NM: Las Cruces man killed in accidental shooting while hunting



A Las Cruces man was accidentally shot and killed in April while turkey hunting with friends in the Lincoln National Forest.

Chad Steven Henneman, 45, was on a hunting trip with his fiancée, Marcena Flynn, and a friend — all of Las Cruces — in the forest near New Mexico Highway 37 on April 25 when the incident occurred. He was an active-duty Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection agent.

According to documents released by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office June 21, Flynn said the couple returned to their truck while the other friend remained on a mountain to hunt, but Henneman reportedly started back toward his friend. Flynn heard a turkey gobble, followed soon after by a gunshot. She told authorities that when she walked back to the pair, Henneman was on the ground receiving chest compressions from the friend.

Deputy Kelley Iversen reported that Henneman appeared to have a shotgun wound to the chest and was unresponsive. He was declared deceased at the scene.

No charges have been filed in connection with this incident.

According to an obituary printed in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune in Washington, Henneman was born in Tonasket, Washington, and grew up on his parents’ ranch working with cattle and horses. He long enjoyed camping trips, fishing and hunting.


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