Hatch (NM) 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.
Hatch is a village in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. The population is a few thousand. It is known as the Chile Capital Of The World.
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