Officer Killed During Traffic Stop

Friday, August 12 began like any other day in small town America. The final school bell rang and buses began to transport students home as the athletes stayed behind for practice and a planned football scrimmage later that night. That all changed in the blink of an eye.
Officer Jose Chavez, a 33-year-old two year veteran of the Hatch police force had made a traffic stop on a 1991 silver Lexus with Ohio license plates with three occupants, just across from the Franciscan RV lot.