Police Officer Jose Chavez was shot and killed while conducting a traffics top on Franklin Street at approximately 3:40 pm.
One of the vehicle’s passengers exited the vehicle during the stop and opened fire on Officer Chavez, wounding him. Another officer who witnessed the incident immediately called for assistance and pursued the subjects at high speeds for several miles.
The occupants then carjacked a second vehicle at a rest stop along I-25 near Radium Springs, before continuing to flee. The subjects were taken into custody after a successful stop sticks deployment by responding officers.
Two of the subjects were identified as fugitives wanted for murder in Ohio.
Officer Chavez was transported to University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, where he succumbed to his wounds.
Officer Chavez had served with the 8-officer Hatch Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Chief of Police Trey Gimler
Hatch Police Department
133 N. Franklin Street
Hatch, NM 87937
Phone: (575) 267-5216