Amy Renya
Amy Renya

An investigation continues into the shooting death of 35-year-old Denver City resident Amy Reyna, who was shot and killed following a two-state pursuit which included officers from both Texas and New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police officials, on Thursday, have yet to complete their investigation, according to an unidentified spokesperson with the department in a Thursday afternoon telephone conversation with the Seminole Sentinel. 

Back on Oct. 27, Renya led officers on the chase, which began after an attempted traffic stop in Yoakum County.

Shortly before 6 p.m. CST time on that evening, the Denver City Police Dept. and Yoakum County Sheriff's Dept. deputies were attempting to locate Reyna in regards to several felony warrants out of Texas and New Mexico.

Yoakum County deputies located Renya's vehicle and initiated a traffic stop within the Denver City community. Reyna, according to reports, was listed as a passenger at the time of the stop while an unidentified male companion was listed as the driver.

At the time of the stop, the male driver got out of the vehicle and started a brief foot pursuit with law enforcement officials. As that occurred, Reyna moved from the passenger seat over into the driver's seat and fled from the scene southbound out of Denver City on FM 2055 in northwestern Gaines County.

Reyna continued on FM 2055 to FM 1757, and continued westbound on FM 1757, through the Higginbothom community to the Texas-New Mexico state line.

Gaines County Sheriff's Dept. deputies and Texas Dept. of Public Safety Troopers from Gaines County were notified of the pursuit through Gaines County and were dispatched to the northwestern portion of the county. 

Despite being dispatched, no GCSD deputies were active participants in the pursuit.

According to a New Mexico State Police press release issues in late October, once the chase entered into New Mexico, officers from the Lea County Sheriff's Dept. was called to assist, and, eventually took the lead in the pursuit.

The release further states Reyna, at State Road 132, mile marker 9, drove three-quarters of a mile off the roadway before coming to a stop, where she was then surrounded by law enforcement units.

The release stated officers discharged their weapons and Reyna succumbed to gunshot wounds at the scene.


A secondary call by the Sentinel on Thursday afternoon in an attempt to speak to a NMSP public information officer was unsuccessful, as a request for a return phone call had not been returned as of 3 p.m.