Suspect in New Mexico officer’s death faces federal charges

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Ohio fugitive accused of fatally shooting a New Mexico police officer has been charged with federal carjacking and firearms crimes.

The charges Tuesday come after a complaint in state court charged 38-year-old Jesse Hanes with first-degree murder in the death of Officer Jose Chavez.

Chavez was shot Friday in Hatch, north of Las Cruces. He died at an El Paso, Texas, hospital.

Authorities say Hanes, who was hospitalized for a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was arrested Tuesday on federal charges that include being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Hanes, of Columbus, went to prison in Ohio in 2014 after pleading guilty to robbery, and was released in 2015.

He, along with another man who authorities say was in a vehicle with Hanes when Chavez was shot, are wanted in the July death of a man outside Chillicothe.


This story has been corrected to say that the suspect is named Jesse Hanes.