Veteran professional mixed martial artist Tyler East was shot and killed Monday night in Los Lunas, N.M.
According to New Mexico State Police, East, 30, was found dead by the Valencia County Sherriff’s Office following a call for a domestic dispute. A woman bearing a gunshot wound also was found with East, who was pronounced dead at the scene. KOB4 was first to report East’s death.
The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau determined that East and his girlfriend were having a dispute. East shot his girlfriend (the woman found on the scene) and dragged her outside. He was then shot by another man also at the residence.
The woman was taken to the hospital and, as of Tuesday, is in stable condition while being treated for injuries. The man who shot East fled the scene before police arrived. A police investigation is ongoing.
In the past 12 years, East had multiple run-ins with the law regarding alleged incidents of domestic violence. In 2009, East was accused of beating a fellow Belen High School student in gym class. He pleaded no contest to a charge of third-degree aggravated battery and was sentenced to three years’ probation, which he later violated when he used a fake ID.
In 2012, East again was arrested on domestic violence charges after his ex-girlfriend claimed he was on a “cocaine binge” and physically assaulted her. East was indicted on charges of kidnapping, aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, and bribery of a witness.
East is the brother of former UFC fighter Cody East. Tyler competed 21 times as a professional MMA fighter from 2009 to 2016 and previously trained at JacksonWink MMA in Albuquerque.
East made his pro debut at Bellator 3, scoring a first-round knockout against Amedeo Viola. Over the years, East fought for a number of different organizations, including KOTC. His final fight took place in October 2016 at Legacy FC 60. He was knocked out by Brian Heden in Round 1.