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State Police investigate shooting involving Sheriff’s Office

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The entrance to the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office in the Chaves County Administrative Building at 1 St. Mary’s Place. New Mexico State Police are investigating a shooting in Midway Sunday night that occurred when deputies tried to serve a man with two outstanding arrest warrants, according to a press release issued late Monday. (Alex Ross Photo)

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include additional details provided by New Mexico State Police Monday evening as well as information from the sheriff and undersheriff.

New Mexico State Police are investigating a shooting involving the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office after a man deputies were attempting to arrest was fatally shot.

Sergio Gutierrez Chairez, 31, of Midway, was shot while barricaded inside a semi-truck parked on his 6400 Shadow Road property Sunday, according to a press release issued by State Police Monday evening. No deputies were injured.

Deputies had gone to the address at 7:19 p.m. to serve Chairez with two outstanding arrest warrants. When they arrived deputies observed Chairez outside, but were unable to enter the premises because it was fenced off and had a locked gate.

After obtaining a search warrant, the press release states, deputies entered the property and Chairez barricaded himself inside the semi-truck.

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Despite numerous verbal commands given by deputies ordering Chairez to exit the vehicle and surrender, he refused to do so. According to the press release, deputies eventually entered the semi-truck and at some point a deputy discharged at least one round from his department-issued firearm, which hit Chairez.

Emergency medical personnel who were on the scene attempted to treat Chairez but he sustained fatal injuries. The press release states he was pronounced deceased at the scene by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.

Sheriff Mike Herrington on Monday said four deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave. Undersheriff Charles Yslas said Monday that placing deputies on paid leave is standard practice when an officer-involved shooting happens.

The investigation into the shooting is being led by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau. Upon its completion the case will be given to the district attorney’s office for their review. The identities of the deputies involved will not be disclosed until after additional interviews are completed, the press release states.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.