HATCH, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County authorities say a Hatch police officer has died after being shot during a traffic stop. Three suspects are in custody.
They say the officer was shot in the neck Friday afternoon and airlifted to a hospital in El Paso, Texas.
Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department released a statement late Friday saying Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez died at the hospital.
Authorities say the 33-year-old was a two-year department veteran.
The officer had just arrived at the traffic stop when a passenger got out of the vehicle and fired shots.
County sheriff's officials say the three male suspects fled in a car and were later arrested. Their names haven't been released.
Authorities say one of the suspects suffered a gunshot wound to the right thigh.
Information from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com