LCPD Thursday SWAT Incident Update

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Las Cruces Police arrested David Chavez Jr. Thursday afternoon after the SWAT incident which took place Thursday near Thomas Drive and Rentfrow Avenue. Police sought Chavez after he fled from police during a traffic stop in the early morning hours of March 29th.

Police attempted to contact Chavez Thursday when he fled on foot with a firearm that was visible to police. Chavez led police on a foot chase through a residential area which included a daycare, church and school and was eventually located in a backyard shed on the 2100 block of Enzie Drive.

During the incident at least one round was fired by an officer.  Chavez was apprehended before 5 p.m.

Chavez was arrested on charges of Receiving Stolen Property (Retain) (Firearm) (Less than $2500) (Felony) and Resisting, Evading or Obstructing an Officer (Arrest) (misdemeanor).

The incident remains under investigation by the Dona Ana County Officer Involved Incident Task Force, made up of New Mexico State Police, New Mexico State University Police, Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office and the Las Cruces Police Department.

Witnesses, or anyone with information regarding this incident, are asked to contact the Las Cruces Police Department at (575) 526-0795.

No further information is being released at this time as the incident is still under investigation.


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