A Las Cruces, New Mexico police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop – three suspects (there is no information on the third suspect) are in custody. This is another horrible reminder of just how dangerous it is to be a police officer right now. This happened during a ROUTINE traffic stop when James Nelson exited the car and shot Officer Jose Chavez. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chavez family.

LAS CRUCES, NM – James D. Nelson II and Jesse D Hanes — wanted for the July 25 shooting death of a Ross County man — are in custody in New Mexico:


Hanes pleaded guilty to indictment charges of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery at age 16, according to Franklin County Common Pleas Court records. The case was bound over from juvenile court in 1995, and charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping and unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance were dropped against him. The details of that case were not immediately known.

He was in prison until he was 32 years old.

Four years later, in 2014, Hanes was back in court. He pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery and was sentenced to three years in prison with three years of mandatory post-release control. As a result of the plea deal, the second charge of robbery was dropped against him.

Hanes was released from his latest prison sentence in April 2015 and is under parole supervision, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Nelson has multiple convictions out of Licking County Common Pleas Court, including aggravated trafficking in drugs and intimidation of a witness in 1995; burglary in 1997; domestic violence in 2000; and various drug possession charges between 2003 and 2006, including charges of possession of a dangerous ordnance and felony fleeing. In a 2003 case, officials found a Savage Stevens .410 shotgun with a sawed-off stock and live ammunition in his possession, along with two other handguns and two rifles in the home, according to court records.

In 2013, he was convicted in two separate cases where he was charged with possessing methamphetamine.

The men are wanted for the fatal shooting of 62-year-old Theodore Timmons in Ross County, Ohio. Timmons was found dead July 25th inside his own home.

The Chillicothe Gazette is also reporting Hanes and Nelson are the prime suspects in April’s bloody execution-style shootings of eight family members in Pike County, Ohio. Their bodies were found on four different properties. Three children, ages 4 days, 6 months and 3 years, were found alive.


But the Ohio duo is also believed to be involved with the fatal shooting of a police officer in Hatch, N.M., which resulted in their capture.

Early Saturday, Lt. Mike Preston of the Ross County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they have received word from New Mexico officials that Nelson and Hanes (pictured on the right) were taken into custody on the warrants out of Ross County.

Nelson (pictured below) and Hanes in connection to the July shooting death of 62-year-old Londonderry resident, Theodore Timmons, who was found dead in his home on Poes Run Road July 25. Both men have criminal records in Ohio.


At 3:41 p.m.(mountain time) a police officer, Jose Chavez, conducting a traffic stop near a convenience store in Hatch was shot by one of the passengers of a gray Lexus. The passenger came out of the vehicle and shot the officer, according to Kelly Jameson, public information officer at Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, during a press conference Friday. Chavez, a two-year veteran of the Hatch Police Department was later pronounced dead. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported the city’s mayor said he learned of Chavez’s death from the police chief, who was with Chavez’s family at University Medical Center in El Paso.

A responding officer called in an officer down and began to chase the suspects in the Lexus on the interstate, but was unable to catch up. At speeds reportedly in excess of 100 mph, Jameson said, the vehicle left the highway, where they abandoned the vehicle and allegedly carjacked a red Chevrolet Cruze at a rest stop and shot the driver of the car in the process at 4:02 p.m.
The suspect’s car then got onto a state highway, and stop sticks were placed on the road and flattened the tires of the vehicle.The driver was able to turn into a driveaway but lost control of the Cruze and crashed the vehicle into a pile of wood. The driver briefly barricaded himself inside, but eventually gave up and officers discovered he was suffering from a gunshot wound to the thigh, Jameson said. He was been taken to receive medical treatment. The three suspects are in custody in connection with the incident. Jameson said the entire incident lasted approximately four hours and the search for the suspects included assistance from the Border Patrol and FBI.




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