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Homicide suspect dies Sunday from self-inflicted gunshot wound

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A man suspected of holding a woman against her will at a location north of Roswell before shooting her to death and then shooting himself has died from his wounds.

Steven Madsen, 49, was pronounced dead Sunday at 10:48 a.m. at an El Paso hospital, where he was being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Charles Yslas, chief deputy with the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, said Tuesday.

Yslas said the female victim in the Nov. 28 shooting has been identified as Deanna Madsen, 45, the suspect’s estranged wife, who had been staying in Carlsbad in the period leading up to her death. He added that Deanna Madsen’s next of kin have been notified.

The Pecos Valley Regional Communications Center received a call at 11:22 p.m. on Nov. 28 from a woman at a Hidalgo Drive address who said she was being held against her will by a man with a gun who was threatening to kill her and himself.

When deputies arrived at the scene in response to the call, they found Deanna Madsen shot to death and Steven Madsen with a gunshot wound to the head, but still alive.

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Steven Madsen was airlifted to a hospital to receive medical treatment. An arrest warrant was later issued for Madsen on charges of murder and kidnapping.

Yslas said Friday the investigation is ongoing and detectives are feverishly working to log evidence in the case. He said unless something new is brought to light in the investigation, the case will likely close as a result of Steven Madsen’s death.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.