A magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that enough evidence exists to move forward with two felony counts against a former Chaves County Sheriff’s deputy.
David Bradshaw, 43, has been charged with child abuse, a third-degree felony, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony, following a March 18 incident in which he allegedly followed and pointed a gun at a man who had cut him off in traffic. Bradshaw had a young child with him in his truck at the time, according to legal documents.
Bradshaw entered not guilty pleas to both charges on April 27.
If convicted of the charges, Bradshaw faces up to six-and-a-half years in prison, according to information released by John Sugg, District Attorney with the New Mexico 12th Judicial District Court. Sugg was appointed a special prosecutor in the case by 5th Judicial District Attorney Dianna Luce.
Judge Buddy J. Hall of De Baca County presided over the preliminary hearing, having been appointed to the case by the New Mexico Supreme Court after two Chaves County magistrate judges recused themselves.
Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder said that Bradshaw had worked in Chaves County as deputy for about a year but resigned once charged in the case in April.
“One of the conditions of his being out is that he cannot possess a firearm and other sorts of things that are not conducive to being a deputy,” said Snyder. “We will have to wait to see what happens in the courts with the case.”
According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, Bradshaw was off-duty and in an unmarked personal vehicle on the evening of March 18 when he followed a Roswell resident who had cut in front of him at an intersection on North Washington Avenue near 19th Street.
That driver said he was unaware that Bradshaw was a deputy and said he was scared, speeding up, passing vehicles and turning several times in an attempt to get away from the person following him.
The man eventually drove to his house on South Washington Avenue and pulled into his driveway, the criminal complaint states. Bradshaw also pulled into the man’s driveway, blocking his car. Both men were armed with guns and began to argue with each other until another Chaves County deputy, who had been called by Bradshaw as he was chasing the driver, arrived on the scene and encouraged Bradshaw to leave.
According to the court documents, that deputy saw a child, about 2 or 3 years old, in Bradshaw’s truck.
The court documents also indicate that a Roswell Police Department detective later obtained a surveillance video of some of the incident, which he said showed the driver of the other vehicle had put his hands in the air after he started talking to Bradshaw.
A call to Bradshaw’s attorney, S. Doug Jones Witt, was not returned by press time.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.