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Details released in officer-involved shooting


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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify the charges filed.

New Mexico State Police on Monday released additional details about events surrounding a Nov. 4 shooting incident involving a Roswell Police Department officer.

On Nov. 4 at about 3 p.m. RPD Sgt. Ryan Craine responded to a report of an armed robbery in the area of the Family Dollar at 909 East Second Street, according to information gathered by the State Police Investigations Bureau.

Craine was told by dispatch that the suspect — later identified as Ronald Chavez, 48, of Roswell — was armed with a gun and walking east on Brown Street, according to a press release issued by the State Police. Craine arrived on scene with his emergency lights activated and approached Chavez in his police vehicle.

Chavez allegedly turned toward Craine, pulled a gun from his waistband, and pointed it at Craine, the press release states, adding “… Craine fired his duty weapon from inside his police vehicle, striking Chavez,” who then ran east on Brown Street.

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Craine got out of his vehicle and fired again at Chavez, who climbed over a brick fence in the 1100 block of East Brown Street. Shortly thereafter Chavez was taken into custody by RPD officers near the intersection of Brown Street and Holland Avenue.

RPD immediately began first aid on Chavez and called for EMS, according to the press release.

Chavez was airlifted to a Lubbock, Texas hospital for injuries sustained in the incident. He is still hospitalized, according to the press release, but his injuries and condition were not known.

Craine, who has eight years of law enforcement experience with RPD, was uninjured.

According to RPD public information officer Todd Wildermuth, Chavez was arrested Monday in Texas by Texas Rangers serving a warrant from RPD, charging him with battery and aggravated assault.

New Mexico State Police have charged Chavez with aggravated assault on a peace officer and felon in possession of a firearm, Wildermuth said.

The shooting incident remains under investigation by the State Police Investigations Bureau. Once the investigation is complete, results will be forwarded to the appropriate district attorney’s office for review. Craine has returned to work, according to Wildermuth, but is limited to desk duty while the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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