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Ohio fugitive wanted for murder accused of killing New Mexico officer – Fox News

An Ohio fugitive wanted for a murder has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a New Mexico police officer.

Dona Ana County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Jameson said that 38-year-old Jesse Hanes is suspected of gunning down Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez during a traffic stop Friday.

Hanes fled and is suspected of carjacking a man at a rest stop before shooting him in the stomach. The man’s condition is unknown.

Chavez was a 33-year-old officer who had been a member of the Hatch Police Department for two years. He had a wife and two children, KVIA-TV reported.

Authorities say the confrontation began when Chavez pulled over Hanes, who was reportedly driving a 1991 Lexus with two passengers, in the village of Hatch, about 40 miles northwest of Las Cruces.

As another officer arrived on the scene, authorities said Hanes got out of the Lexus and opened fire.

“From traffic stop to the shooting took less than a minute,” Jameson told FoxNews.com.

Hanes then jumped back in the Lexus and fled on Interstate 25 at speeds up to 100 miles per hour before stopping at a rest stop and carjacking a man, authorities said.

Authorities said deputies pursued Hanes after spotting him in the carjacked vehicle.

The chase ended when the Lexus crashed into a pile of wood. Police had deployed stop sticks to flatten the tires.

Hanes was suffering a gunshot wound to the thigh when he surrendered.

Deputies believe Hanes shot himself, KRQE-TV reported.

Hanes was sought in Ohio in the July 25 shooting death of a 62-year-old man just outside Chillicothe, about 60 miles south of Columbus.

The two passengers in the Lexus were also arrested. They were nabbed after they tried to flee on foot. They have not been identified by New Mexico authorities.

The Chillicothe Gazette in Ohio reported Saturday that one of the passengers was James Nelson, 36, who was also wanted in the July 25 shooting.

The paper reported that Hanes and Nelson have been accused of killing of 62-year-old Theodore Timmons in his home in Londonderry, Ohio.

The Associated Press and Fox News’ Joseph J. Kolb contributed to this report.


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