Tyler East, former MMA fighter, shot dead in domestic dispute


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Former MMA fighter Tyler East was shot and killed Monday in New Mexico, according to police. I was 30 years old.

New Mexico State Police say they responded to a domestic violence call Monday night in the Albuquerque suburb of Los Lunas, according to multiple local reports. When police arrived, they said they found East dead along with a woman with a gunshot wound.

According to police, East shot his girlfriend and dragged her out of a house before an unidentified man shot and killed East. The suspect in the East shooting fled the scene before police arrived.

According to KOB4, the woman, whose name was not released, is hospitalized in stable condition.

East MMA history

According to the MMA site Sherdog, East posted a 15-6 career record as a heavyweight fight in various organizations, including Bellator. His last fight was at Legacy FC 60 in 2016. He was the brother of former UFC fighter Cody East, according to MMA Junkie.

East was arrested in 2020 on charges of stealing money from his deceased grandfather’s bank account in addition to assault and resisting arrest after allegedly fleeing police, according to KRQE. According to MMA Junkie, he was arrested multiple times in the past 12 years on charges related to domestic violence, including kidnapping and aggravated battery.

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