In Memoriam: Officer Jose Chavez


Chief Trey Gimler of the Hatch Police Department in New Mexico sadly reports the death of Officer Jose Chavez.

Officer Chavez, 33, had made a traffic stop of a grey Lexus for a minor traffic violation. Another officer pulled up behind Officer Chavez’ patrol unit for back up. As Officer Chavez was talking with the driver, a passenger exited the vehicle and commenced firing on Officer Chavez striking him in the neck.

Officer Chavez fell to the ground and the suspects fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Officer Chavez’ back up officer called for assistance and then pursued the suspects. The suspects fled south on I-25 and pulled into a rest area near Radium Springs. While they were there, the suspects carjacked a citizen, shot him and stole his red Chevrolet Cruze. That citizen was also transported to UMC in El Paso. His condition is not known.

The suspects were apprehended a short time later when Dona Ana County Sheriff Deputies were able to use stop sticks to end the pursuit and the suspect driver crashed the vehicle. The driver surrendered at the crash scene. The two passenger suspects fled on foot but were apprehended after a short foot chase.

Officer Chavez was treated at the scene and then flown via medivac helicopter to the University Medical Center in El Paso where he died during surgery.

Officer Chavez served the Hatch Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Officer Jose Chavez-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Friday, August 12, 2016.

Graphic done by Rose Borisow GraFX

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