22-year-old woman dies after Crouch Mesa shooting

No arrests have been made in the case, and police say they are trying to determine if a crime was committed

Joshua Kellogg
jkellogg@daily-times.com
A 22-year-old woman who was shot on Monday at a home at No. 1 County Road 3959 has died, according to her family.

FARMINGTON — A woman who was shot Monday afternoon at a Crouch Mesa home died earlier today.

Melissa Westbrook, 22, was pronounced dead at about 10:40 a.m. today at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, according to her father, Dannie Lee.

San Juan County Sheriff's Office detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln confirmed today that Westbrook had died.

He said the case is still under investigation. No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed in connection to the case.

Deputies were dispatched to No. 1 County Road 3959 at about 3 p.m. Monday in response to a shooting. Police said they found a 22-year-old woman had been shot at the home. At the time, a 20-year-old man was taken into custody as a person of interest, police told The Daily Times.

Westbrook was initially transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington and was later transferred to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque.

Police investigate shooting in Crouch Mesa

Westbrook’s uncle, James Lee, said family members have been trying to get a copy of the police report to learn more about the shooting. Lee, who lives in Bakersfield, Calif., spoke to The Daily Times today in a phone interview. He said Dannie Lee visited his daughter in the hospital in Albuquerque on Wednesday night.

Lincoln said he has not heard from relatives. He said police reports will not be shared while the case remains under investigation, but, he said, the Sheriff's Office can share information about the case with family members who inquire.

James and Dannie Lee both said they have heard from other relatives several versions of what happened on Monday.

Lincoln said police have not determined if a crime was committed. He said police have interviewed all of the people involved in the case.

"We’re going over all the details and evidence to confirm everyone’s statement," Lincoln said.

Lincoln said police will speak with the San Juan County District Attorney’s Office before deciding whether or not to press charges.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.