Mon. Apr 22nd, 2024


CLOVIS (KSMX)- Video has been released from the fatal shooting that happened on October 8th. Eastern New Mexico News reports that, Brent Aguilar said he was in fear for his life and that of his fellow Clovis police officer, Sergeant Rodriguez, when he used deadly force while pursuing Aaron Chavez. The report, other documents and video were released to The News this week through New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act. Sergeant Rodriguez was en route to a shots-fired call on the 1400 block of South Oak Street when he saw what he recognized to be a blue Mitsubishi that had been reported stolen a day earlier, parked straddling the curb and northbound lane of South Prince Street. Police collar video depicts a chaotic scene over the six-second chase. While the footage shows first-person perspective of Aguilar sprinting toward Chavez, stopping abruptly and shooting, it’s difficult to see Chavez’ movements or anything in his hands. However, in interviews with officers, Aguilar said Chavez swung his arm in a circular motion in his direction. Aguilar told investigators he believed Chavez held a knife.

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