- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - Police in the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho say they don’t know what caused a police vehicle to swerve off a road and crash into a ravine, killing a 24-year-old officer.

Police Chief Michael Geier says Officer Anthony Haase was headed to an assault in progress at a home when his vehicle crashed Sunday.

Haase had been a Rio Rancho police officer for a year and was the second Rio Rancho officer to die in the line of duty. Officer Germaine Case was killed in 2007 when his motorcycle struck a tree while escorting President George W. Bush.

After pitching for Rio Rancho High School and for Cochise College in Arizona, Haase was drafted by the Texas Rangers. He played two years in the minor leagues.

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Information from: KOB-TV, https://www.kob.com

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