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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 12, 2016

Statement by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez on Assassination of Officer Jose Chavez of the Hatch Police Department

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of Officer Jose Chavez of the Hatch Police Department, who died tonight as a result of injuries sustained when he was shot during a traffic stop earlier today:

“On behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the entire federal law enforcement community, I want to express our deepest condolences to the family of Officer Jose Chavez and the men and women of the Hatch Police Department.  Violence against law enforcement officers is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.”

“Officer Chavez’s death underscores once again the real dangers that are routinely faced by those who protect and serve their fellow citizens, and reminds us that we are deeply indebted to our law enforcement officers for placing their lives on the line each and every day in order to preserve public safety.” 

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire federal law enforcement community are with Officer Chavez’s family and loved ones during this very difficult time.”

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Updated August 15, 2016