- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

HATCH, N.M. (AP) - Dona Ana County authorities say a Hatch police officer has died after being shot during a traffic stop. Three suspects are in custody.

They say the officer was shot in the neck Friday afternoon and airlifted to a hospital in El Paso, Texas.

Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department released a statement late Friday saying Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez died at the hospital.

Authorities say the 33-year-old was a two-year department veteran.

The officer had just arrived at the traffic stop when a passenger got out of the vehicle and fired shots.

County sheriff’s officials say the three male suspects fled in a car and were later arrested. Their names haven’t been released.

Authorities say one of the suspects suffered a gunshot wound to the right thigh.


Information from: KRQE-TV, https://www.krqe.com

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