- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) - A former Tucumcari police officer who resigned after New Mexico State Police searched his home is facing charges in connection with a series of arsons.

The Clovis News Journal reports (https://goo.gl/x0OPZV) court records show Dustin “Dusty” Lopez was charged this week in Quay County Magistrate Court with arson and conspiracy to commit arson.

Records show Lopez had been the target of a state police investigation in a series of arson fires in the city during September.

Lopez resigned Oct. 2, the day after state police searched his home.

Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel says Lopez did not give a reason for his decision to resign.

Two other also face charges in the arson case.

It was not known if Lopez had an attorney.

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Information from: Clovis News Journal, https://www.cnjonline.com

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