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Details on today’s 220 mile procession for Hatch police officer

Officer Chavez. handout photo

Officer Chavez. handout photo

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police departments across New Mexico are set to host a procession along a 220-mile stretch of Interstate 25 today for a police officer killed following a traffic stop.

Dan Trujillo, a spokesman for the Las Cruces Police Department, said the procession for Officer Jose Chavez is tentatively set to start about 2 p.m. in Albuquerque. It should move through Socorro about 3 p.m., Truth or Consequences about 4 p.m., Hatch about 4:40 p.m. and Las Cruces at about 5 p.m.

The Las Cruces Police Department urged caution for those who wished to watch the procession.

“Motorists are asked to show their respect by safely pulling over to the right shoulder, completely off the roadway, and remaining there until the procession passes,” the post said.

The Albuquerque Police Department said it would have officers as part of the procession at the Sunport Boulevard overpass at I-25. Traffic will be interrupted at that time, said APD spokesman Simon Drobik.

Trujillo said to check the Las Cruces Police Department Facebook page for updates later in the day.

Chavez was shot on Friday during a traffic stop. He was flown to University Medical Center in El Paso, where he died after surgery. He’d been shot in the neck.

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