On Monday, October 8, 2018, at about 12:21 a.m., an Officer of the Clovis Police Department was involved in a deadly force incident in the 600 block of South Prince Street. New Mexico State Police has been dispatched to investigate the shooting.
No further information will be released at this time. Any inquiries to the investigation should be forwarded to the New Mexico State Police.
On Friday, September 21, 2018, at about 8:12 a.m., Clovis Police Department Dispatch received an emergency call for service at 1720 East Mabry Drive, Clovis, New Mexico, in reference to shots fired and a subject having possibly been shot. The caller relayed that the person who had discharged the firearm had left the scene in a red truck.
Officers responded to the scene where they located a 40 year old male subject who had what appeared to be gunshot wounds to his buttocks. This subject was stabilized and was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center. Officers and Detectives made contact with witnesses on scene and the suspected shooter, a 20 year old male.
All relevant witnesses and subjects were transported to the Clovis Police Department for interview. No persons have been taken into custody. The investigation into this event is ongoing.
The 40 year old male subject has been transported to a Lubbock, Texas area hospital and is listed in stable condition.
On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at about 9:00 a.m., information was developed as to the whereabouts of Kaitlyn Arington (25 years of age). Arington had escaped from the Curry County Adult Detention Center on August 6, 2018. Agents of the Region 5 Drug Task Force began surveillance of the residence where Arington was supposed to be staying. At about 9:53 a.m., Agents of the Region 5 Drug Task Force, Deputies of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, and Officers of the Clovis Police Department, converged on the residence. Subjects in the residence refused to answer the door.
Law Enforcement set a perimeter on the residence pending the generation of a search warrant. During this wait, a subject exited the home and was detained. This subject relayed that Arington and David Gibson (39 years of age) were in the home. Gibson was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant, and was a known associate of Arington. The subjects had crawled into the attic of the residence and refused to communicate with Officers.
Clovis Police Department SWAT was deployed to the scene and a plan to extract Arington and Gibson was coordinated with the Curry County Sheriff. Subjects were warned that an irritating gas, commonly referred to as “tear gas” was going to be deployed into the attic. Gibson made contact with Officers and was taken into custody without incident. Arington refused to answer calls for her surrender to law enforcement. An irritant gas was deployed into the attic. Within fifteen minutes, Arington surrendered to authorities. Arington and Gibson were treated for minor injuries caused by hiding in the attic and exposure to the irritating gas.
David Gibson was taken into custody for his outstanding arrest warrant, possession with intent to traffic methamphetamine. He was transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Arington was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center and will be transported to the Curry County Adult Detention.
This investigation was a coordinated effort of Law Enforcement entities including the Clovis Police Department, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, the Region 5 Drug Task Force and the New Mexico Adult Probation and Parole Office.
On Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at about 9:36 a.m., an Officer was dispatched to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 921 Merriwether Street, Clovis, New Mexico, in reference to a report of arson. At about 1:43 a.m., a person entered the church, gathered bulletins and paper, and lit them on fire. The suspect also attempted to steal from a donation box in the church.
Video surveillance from inside of the church was relayed to Officers. Detectives and Officers were able to identify the subject committing the arson as Ricky Morse (22 years of age). Officers attempted to locate Morse but were unsuccessful.
At about 10:39 a.m., as this event was being reported, Clovis Police and Fire Departments responded to 919 Rencher Street in reference to a fire. This address is located across the street from Sacred Heart Church. The building is vacant and has no electricity. This incident is being investigated as arson. The investigation is ongoing and may be related to the arson at the church.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Ricky Morse on the charge of Negligent Arson of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. If anyone has information relative to these arsons or the whereabouts of Ricky Morse, please contact the Clovis Police Department.
On Sunday, July 22, 2018, at about 9:37 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to the 2100 block of Chapparal Avenue for shots fired. The 911 caller told dispatch they had heard two gunshots and that there was someone on the ground. Officers arrived on scene and noted a 38 year old male subject who had multiple gunshot wounds. The subject was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center. Once he was stabilized he was transported via helicopter to a Lubbock area hospital for follow up care.
Detectives of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to investigate this incident and to process the crime scene.
The victim is in critical condition in the intensive care unit of a Lubbock area hospital. The investigation into this incident is ongoing. No other information is available for release at this time.
On Thursday, July 5th, 2018, at about 2:19 a.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to a residence at Paseo Village, in Clovis, New Mexico for a call of a subject injured by gunfire. The 911 caller stated he had a friend “playing” with a firearm. The caller stated they had been consuming alcoholic beverages and his “friend” had been shot in the head.
Officers and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene where they encountered a 23 year old male with a gunshot wound to the head. The subject was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center with life threatening injuries. He has subsequently been transported to a Lubbock, Texas area hospital.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing. No other information is available for release at this time.
On Tuesday, June 19, at about 2:08 p.m., the Curry County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Clovis Police Department for assistance in locating Victor Apodaca (28 years of age), Aaron Clark (31 years of age), and Ricky Sena (24 years of age); escapees from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office had received an anonymous tip that the escapees were in a red brick apartment near the Clovis High School Freshman Academy, 1400 Cameo Street, in Clovis, New Mexico. Law Enforcement began their search for the escapees, ultimately checking an apartment complex in the 1200 block of Dartmouth Street.
A subject identified as Jon Hausman (38 years of age) and a 41 year old female were contacted behind an apartment. During contact Officers were able to verify the wanted escapees were in the apartment and that there was a firearm in the home. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office requested the Clovis Police Department SWAT Team, which was activated and deployed to the scene because of the danger posed to the community by the escapees. On the arrival of SWAT, negotiations with the escapees began. The Clovis Police Department coordinated with the New Mexico State Police for assistance in the SWAT activation, in the event the barricaded subject’s situation was prolonged.
At 4:58 p.m., Officers called out over the radio that shots had been fired. A subject from inside of the home pointed a firearm at SWAT Officers and SWAT Officers engaged the deadly threat.
Negotiations continued with the escapees. At about 6:00 p.m., the escapees relayed that they were removing barricades from the door and were going to exit the apartment, one person at a time. Beginning at 6:04 p.m., the escapees exited the apartment singularly; Victor Apodaca, followed by Ricky Sena, and finally Aaron Clark. All three persons were taken into custody without further action.
The Clovis Police Department executed a search warrant on the residence in reference to the aggravated assault against the SWAT Officers. A firearm was recovered. This investigation is active.
The Clovis Police Department wishes to extend its thanks to the citizens and law enforcement who aided the community in locating and capturing the escapees from the Curry County Adult Detention Center.
On Wednesday, May 9, at about 1200 hours, Officers of the Clovis Police Department responded to 5100 North Thornton Street, Gattis Middle School, in reference to threats. On arrival Officers contacted school personnel who relayed information about a Carlos Anchondo (33 years of age), threatening to shoot up the school. The statement was heard by school employees and relayed to office personnel. Anchondo was angry that he had not been given information he demanded about his child’s attendance. Anchondo was not listed as the primary custodian of the child.
As a result of the threats, Gattis Middle School was placed on a level 1 lockdown. Officers were stationed at Gattis Middle School in the event Anchondo returned. As the investigation continued, Officers were dispatched to and stationed at the Clovis High School Freshman Academy, 1400 Cameo Street, because another of Anchondo’s children attended that school.
Additional Officers were detailed to locate Anchondo. At about 1300 hours, Anchondo was located and detained in the 700 block of Mitchell Street by Officers of the Clovis Police Department and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. The schools were taken off of lockdown shortly after it was verified Anchondo was detained.
Carlos Anchondo was arrested for interference with members of staff; interference with the educational process.
Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting a DWI Saturation Patrols within the City of Clovis throughout the month of May.
On May 12th and 25th Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting DWI Checkpoints within the city of Clovis. Officers will be specifically targeting drunk and drug impaired drivers. We ask that people please remember that it is also illegal to drive under the influence prescription drugs and controlled substances that may impair their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The ENDWI Grant makes this possible from Safer New Mexico Now.
Clovis Police Officers will also be conducting Seat Belt enforcement operations. The BKLUP Grant makes this possible from Safer New Mexico Now.
Law Enforcement Officers throughout New Mexico will be out in force to make sure that impaired drivers don’t cause tragedy on the roads this year. “HELP ENDWI.”
On Thursday, April 26, 2018, at about 8:26 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department and Clovis Fire Department Emergency Medical Services responded to the 100 block of West Tierra Blanca Road in reference to a suicidal subject. The caller reported that her husband, a 33 year old male, had locked himself in the home and was possibly suicidal.
On arrival to the scene, Officers noted the male, who was screaming, had barricaded himself in the home. As Officers approached the home they smelled the scent of natural gas emanating from the home. Clovis Fire Department personnel were able to shut off the gas to the residence.
Because of the escalating level of danger to the community, the Clovis Police Department Special Response Team, which is comprised of the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) and the Crisis Negotiations Unit, were activated. SWAT Team members and the Negotiator tried to convince the subject to surrender. The subject, who had armed himself with various knives, would communicate intermittently, but would not comply.
After continued communication, the subject exited the home and surrendered at about 11:25 p.m. As he was being escorted to an awaiting ambulance, the subject began struggling with SWAT Team members and injured an Officer. The Officer’s injuries were not life threatening. Once the subject was under control he was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment.