Police cadet murdered in devastating case of domestic violence

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Taylor Hagan, a 32-year-old cadet with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD), has been identified as a recent victim of a fatal case involving domestic violence. Maria Cahuenas, Director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center, underscored the gravity of domestic violence and how quickly it can progress into cases of murder.

As per the APD, homicide detectives have indicated that Hagan was fatally shot by her husband, Briton Hagan, aged 41. The deadly shooting took place within their residence at the Olympus Encantada apartment complex in northeast Albuquerque. The tragedy took place on Tuesday, November 21.

In an updated release on Wednesday, Chief Medina expressed the department’s heartfelt condolences to Taylor’s family and loved ones. He commented on Taylor’s work ethic in overcoming challenges to become an APD officer. After her untimely death, Taylor Hagan’s remains were escorted by the APD’s Honor Guard for transfer to the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Condemning the tragedy, Mayor Tim Keller expressed sorrow at the premature loss of police cadet Taylor Hagan and extended consolation to her family, friends, and fellow cadets. The mayor highlighted that domestic violence impacts every social layer, with incidence rates notably escalating during holiday seasons. Mayor Keller urged the community to remain vigilant and responsive to potential signs of abuse.

In relation to Hagan’s unfortunate demise, the APD stated that statistics indicate an upward trend in domestic violence reports during holiday seasons. Cahuenas advocated the need for victims of domestic abuse to reach out for assistance.