LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Thousands are expected to gather to pay their respects to Jose Chavez, a Hatch police officer who authorities say was shot and killed by an Ohio fugitive during a traffic stop in southern New Mexico.
A public funeral for the 33-year-old Chavez is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces.
Law enforcement officers from across the region will participate in a procession through Hatch before heading south to Las Cruces.
A father of two, Chavez was a two-year veteran of the Hatch force.
He was shot Aug. 12 and died at an El Paso, Texas, hospital.
Jesse Denver Hanes, of Columbus, Ohio, faces a murder charge in Chavez’s death. Authorities say Hanes also is a suspect in Ohio in the death of a 62-year-old man.