White Supremacist Kills Officer and Pregnant Woman in New Mexico
Posted: January 6, 2005
A white supremacist in New Mexico fatally shot his pregnant former girlfriend and an Otero County Sheriff's Deputy before being killed by another deputy.
On December 18, 2004, sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic violence call in Cloudcroft after neighbors reported hearing gun shots. When the deputies arrived at the scene, they encountered Earl L. Flippen, said by authorities to be a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, a violent white supremacist prison gang.
Flippen, 38, refused to allow the officers inside his rented house. When one of the deputies went to call for assistance from his patrol car, Flippen allegedly shot and killed Deputy Robert Hedman, who was at the back door. He was subsequently shot and killed by the other deputy at the front door. Police then found his former girlfriend, Deborah Rhoudes, dead in the house. Rhoudes' 3-year-old daughter was also in the house at the time of the shootings, but was unharmed.
Flippen, a wanted fugitive, was arrested in Lamesa, Texas, two months before the incident. He was charged with misdemeanor assault and evading arrest for allegedly assaulting Rhoudes, but failed to appear for a court date. Texas officials were preparing an arrest warrant for Flippen at the time of the incident.
Notably, Aryan Brotherhood activities have increased in New Mexico recently, in part because different factions are battling each other in the state.