New Mexico

New Mexico Deputy Recovering After Being Shot Over the Weekend

A New Mexico deputy is recovering after being shot by a man suspected of being involved in a separate murder.

Andrew Magill walked into the Ruidoso Police Department on Saturday evening making wild claims about being Jesus and having decapitated a woman. Magill also allegedly had blood on his hands.

Unbeknownst to officers at the time, the nearby Lincoln County Sheriff's Dept. was investigating a homicide involving a woman who had been decapitated.

Magill was ultimately transported to a local hospital.

Lincoln County Deputy Jason Green went to the hospital to question Magill when a struggle ensued. Deputy Green's gun fell to the floor and Magill allegedly picked up the gun and shot Deputy Green in the shoulder.

Magill was restrained and taken under control. Deputy Green was treated for his injuries and is expected to survive.

Magill is facing charges of murder and attempted murder on a police officer.

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New Mexico Police Officer Shot, Killed by Wanted Fugitive

Officer Jose Chavez;  Photo: Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department

Officer Jose Chavez; Photo: Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department

A New Mexico police officer was shot and killed on Friday afternoon and the man arrested in the officer's death was also a wanted fugitive out of Ohio.

Hatch, NM Police Officer Jose Chavez, 33, was shot and killed following a vehicle stop on suspect Jesse Hanes of Columbus, Ohio. Hanes fled following the shooting but was later taken into custody. 

Immediately after the shooting, Hanes allegedly tried to carjack multiple people at a nearby rest stop. One man turned his keys over to Hanes but after refusing to go with the suspect he was allegedly shot in the torso.

The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment but his condition has not yet been released.

Hanes's vehicle would eventually be incapacitated and, after a brief standoff, the suspect was taken into custody. Hanes was allegedly also wanted for aggravated murder out of Ohio.

Officer Chavez was a 2-year veteran of the Hatch Police Department. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Albuquerque, NM: Anti-Trump Protesters Throw Rocks at Police Officers, Horses; Several Officers Hurt

Photo: @gburkNM via Twitter  

Photo: @gburkNM via Twitter  

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Albuquerque, NM in protest of a Donald Trump rally on Tuesday evening.  

Many of the protesters, some of whom were waving Mexican flags and hiding their faces, threw bottles and rocks at officers and police horses as the protests turned violent.

Some protesters also lit fires in the streets, prompting law enforcement to use smoke canisters and pepper spray to try and move protesters out of the area. 

Albuquerque police stated that several officers were injured during the violence and that arrests were made; however, exact numbers weren't yet available.  

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New Mexico Legislature Advances Bill to Allow Retired Officers to Return to Work

The New Mexico state legislature voted in committee to move forward a bill that would allow for police department’s across the state to rehire retired police officers to help augment their depleted ranks.

GOP lawmakers pushed the bill through committee along a strict party-line vote, 5-3. The bill will now move onto the entire legislature for consideration.

Critics argued that in rehiring retired police officers there would be the potential for abusive officers to return to the force. Some critics also felt that it was wrong to deal with staffing shortages by turning to the state retirement fund.

Supporters of the bill argue that it will not affect the retirement fund as retired officers brought back to the force, although still receiving benefits, will be paying back into the retirement system while employed. On top of that, they argue, their overall retirement benefits will not change.

Supporters also refute the notion that abusive officers will be rehired, citing a thorough screening process. 

You can read more details about the proposal HERE.

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