Clovis Police Department

  • Agency: Clovis Police Department
  • Address: 300 N Connelly St, Clovis, 88101 NM
  • Chief: Steve Sanders (Chief of Police)
Phone: 575-769-1921
Fax: (575)769-7818

Clovis Police Department is located at 300 N Connelly St, Clovis, 88101 NM. The Chief of Police of the department is Steve Sanders. The Clovis Police Department phone number is 575-769-1921.

Clovis Police Department News

CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA ADVISORY Release Date: 11/08/2018 Incident Type: Commercial Burglary Suspect Arrested, Clovis, New Mexico Contact Person: Roman Romero, Captain, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9423 Clovis, NM – November 8, 2018 – Commercial burglaries were reported by Don Maria’s Restaurant, The Cross Fit Gym, and the Rock and Roll Café from mid October to early November 2018. On social media, images of the burglary suspect were circulated. Detectives of the Clovis Police Department were able to identify the subject in the video as a 17 year old juvenile male. At about 4:19 p.m., Detectives executed a search warrant on a residence in the 3100 block of North Ross Street. Investigators located property from the burglaries of the three businesses in the home. The 17 year old suspect was also located and subsequently arrested. The subject was taken into custody for the delinquent acts of Commercial Burglary (4 counts) and was taken to the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center.

CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA ADVISORY Release Date: 11/08/2018 Incident Type: Aggravated Battery Suspect Arrested, 3728 North Prince Street, Clovis, New Mexico Contact Person: Roman Romero, Captain, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9423 Clovis, NM – November 7, 2018 – On October 26, 2018, at about 2:35 p.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department responded to Plains Regional Medical Center in reference to a victim who had received a gunshot wound to the neck. On arrival to the hospital, the 55 year old male victim was unconscious and being tended to by emergency medical personnel for his life threatening injuries. The victim was ultimately transported to a Lubbock, Texas area hospital. Detectives of the Special Operations Unit of the Clovis Police Department located the crime scene and an investigation ensued. On November 6, 2018, Detectives were able to interview the victim. During the course of the interview the victim identified the person who shot him as Ruben Lopez (24 years of age). At about 7:15 p.m. on November 6th, Officers of the Clovis Police Department encountered Ruben Lopez in a convenience store parking lot in the area of 7th and Hull Streets. As the Officer approached Lopez, who was on a moped in the parking lot, Lopez fled the area, crossing multiple lanes of traffic to evade the Officer. Lopez drove the moped without regard to the safety of others, and in the area of Grand and Mitchell Streets, he crashed into a vehicle that had the right of way. As a result of the crash, Lopez was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center for his injuries. Once he was released from the hospital, Lopez was taken into custody for multiple arrest warrants not associated with the shooting. On November 7, 2018, Lopez was served the arrest warrant in reference to the shooting. Lopez was booked on the charges of Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Assault with Intent to Commit a Violent Felony, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, and four counts of Conspiracy. Lopez is currently being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. The Clovis Police Department is continuing its investigation into this event, as multiple persons were involved in the incident.

CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA ADVISORY Release Date: 10/27/2018 Incident Type: Out of State Fugitives arrested, 3728 North Prince Street, Clovis, New Mexico Contact Person: Roman Romero, Captain, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9423 Clovis, NM – October 27, 2018 – On October 26, 2018, at about 8:47 p.m., the Clovis Police Department was contacted by the United States Marshal Service in reference to wanted subjects. The subjects were wanted on outstanding felony arrest warrants and were being sought in reference to a homicide investigation by Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln, Nebraska. A telephone related to one of the subjects had been “pinged”, geo located, in the area of the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 3728 North Prince Street. Officers were given a description of the suspect’s vehicle, which was a reported stolen car. A vehicle matching that description was found in the parking lot. Because of the association with the homicide in Lincoln, Nebraska, the criminal history of the suspect, and the stolen car, it was determined that the Clovis Police Department SWAT Team would deploy to secure the vehicle and its occupants. At about 2:15 a.m. on October 27, 2018, SWAT loaded into the SWAT armored vehicle to transit to the target vehicle. At about 2:20 a.m., units went mobile, driving to the target vehicle. SWAT deployed distraction devices, commonly referred to as “flash bangs”, and an aerosol irritant, commonly referred to as “tear gas”, into and around the vehicle. The subjects in the vehicle put the vehicle into drive and attempted to flee the area. The SWAT armored vehicle was driven forward onto the hood of the vehicle, stopping its movement. When the occupants refused to exit the vehicle, a Clovis Police Department K9 was deployed into the vehicle to extract the subjects. Once they were removed from the car by the Police K9 and Officers, the suspects were handcuffed. Emergency Medical Services was requested to the scene in reference to the K9 bite injuries the subjects sustained when they failed to comply with commands. They were subsequently taken to Plains Regional Medical Center for medical clearance after the event. After medical clearance the subjects were transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center for their outstanding arrest warrants, as fugitives from justice. The wanted persons were identified as Jesse James Wilson (32 years of age) and Sherry Lynn Thomas (34 years of age). The investigation into this event is being coordinated with the Lincoln Police Department, and is still active.

Our first fundraiser, Dollars for Donuts, is November 1, 2018 starting at 6AM in front of Daylight Donuts. All donations go towards our annual Cops and Kids Christmas event.

CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA ADVISORY UPDATE Release Date: 10/16/2018 Incident Type: Officer Involved Shooting, 600 Block of South Prince Street, Clovis, New Mexico Contact Person: Roman Romero, Captain, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9423 Clovis, NM – October 16, 2018 – On Monday, October 8, 2018, at about 12:21 a.m., Clovis Police Department Officer Brent Aguilar was involved in a deadly force incident with Aaron Chavez (22 years of age). During the course of the investigation by the New Mexico State Police, a chainsaw blade fashioned into a weapon was recovered next to Chavez. Officer Aguilar had been placed on administrative leave during the initial investigation into the event. As the New Mexico State Police is the primary investigating agency and the investigation into the incident being active and open; no reports, video, audio, or other information relative to this investigation will be released by the Clovis Police Department without coordination or authorization of the investigating agency. Any inquiries to the investigation should be forwarded to the New Mexico State Police, Public Information Officer Ray Wilson (Ray.Wilson@state.nm.us). NMSP RELEASE 101518 https://www.dps.nm.gov/index.php/news-releases/item/124-nm-state-police-investigate-clovis-police-department-shooting?highlight=WyJjbG92aXMiLCJubSIsImNsb3ZpcyBubSJd

Testing begins tomorrow at 9:00AM at Clovis Community College. Come out and see if you have what it takes to join our team.

CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA ADVISORY Release Date: 10/08/2018 Incident Type: Officer Involved Shooting, 600 Block of South Prince Street, Clovis, New Mexico Contact Person: Roman Romero, Captain, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9423 Clovis, NM – October 8, 2018 – 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.

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CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA ADVISORY Release Date: 09/21/2018 Incident Type: Shots Fired, Injured Subject, 1720 East Mabry Drive, Clovis, New Mexico Contact Person: Roman Romero, Captain, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9423 Clovis, NM – September 21, 2018 – 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.

We are hiring! The Clovis Police Department will conduct several Police Officer testing dates in October. Apply online and show up for one of our three testing dates: October 12th, 19th or 26th Testing will begin at Clovis Community College at 9am on those dates. Apply online at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/clovisnm Contact Lt. Wright for more details (575)763-9469 or swright@cityofclovis.org

CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA ADVISORY Release Date: 08/07/2018 Incident Type: Escapee Captured, 1600 Block of Cameo Street, Clovis, New Mexico Contact Person: Roman Romero, Captain, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9423 Clovis, NM – August 7, 2018 – 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.

Clovis, NM – July 27, 2018 – Flooded roadways create a hazardous condition for the drivers of vehicles, passengers and emergency responders. The Clovis Police Department urges driver to use extreme caution while travelling on the flooded roadways. As you are travelling do not drive into a flooded roadway or pass barricades. These areas are extremely dangerous and can cause life threatening situations if a vehicle becomes stalled or trapped in the running waters. If you do become stranded, remain calm, call for assistance via 911 or (575) 769-1921 for non-emergency number, do not exit your vehicle in the raging waters and wait for assistance to arrive.

CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Release Date: 07/26/2018 Incident Type: National Night Out Contact Person: Roman Romero, Captain, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9423 Clovis, NM – July 26, 2018 – 2018 is the 35th Anniversary of National Night Out! Join Law Enforcement and Emergency Responders at Greene Acres Park on August 7th from 6:00 p.m. till dark. This annual celebration will include a car seat clinic, live bands, the Curry County Health Council, K9 demos, and vendors. This community-building campaign is observed in every state and territory of the United States and on our Military Bases throughout the world. We hope to see you there.

CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA ADVISORY Release Date: 07/24/2018 Incident Type: Arson, Sacred Heart Church, 921 Merriwether Street, Clovis, New Mexico Contact Person: Roman Romero, Captain, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9423 Clovis, NM – July 24, 2018 – 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.

CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA ADVISORY Release Date: 07/23/2018 Incident Type: Aggravated Battery, 2100 Block of Chapparal Avenue, Clovis, New Mexico Contact Person: Roman Romero, Captain, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9423 Clovis, NM – July 23, 2018 – 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.

CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Release Date: 07/13/2018 Incident Type: Stolen Vehicle Protection Contact Person: (Lt. Daron Roach 575-763-9427) ‘ATTENTION’ ‘ATTENTION’ ‘ATTENTION’ ‘ATTENTION’ ‘ATTENTION’ ‘ATTENTION’ ‘ATTENTION’ Officers of the Clovis Police Department want to help you to not be a statistic with a stolen vehicle! Vehicle Owners can help these statistics by simply not becoming a target. 1. LOCK your vehicle. - Criminals are checking your door handles for an easy target! 2. HIDE your valuables or take them to a secure location. – Purses, wallets, electronics, guns are items criminals are looking for inside your vehicle. 3. TAKE the keys out of the vehicle when not in use. – Don’t give the criminals a free ride! 4. REPORT suspicious activity. – If you see someone or something that looks out of the ordinary, contact the Police Department. 5. KEEP vehicle information on hand. – Vehicle description, license plate, VIN, color, or special markings can help Police report and possibly locate the vehicle faster. Don’t become a statistic! Here are some tips on how you can help protect your vehicle. The Clovis Police Department encourages everyone to contact the Police if you suspect criminal activity in the area. Please Dial 911 for emergencies or 575-769-1921 with suspicious activity information.

CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Release Date: 07/13/2018 Incident Type: DWI Enforcement Hours for July 2018 Contact Person: Sgt. J. Howard 575-763-9444 July 21st and 27th 2018 Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting sobriety checkpoints within the city of Clovis. Throughout the month of July Officers will be also conducting Enforcement Patrol Hours 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 of prescription drugs that may impair their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The ENDWI Grant makes this possible from Safer New Mexico Now. Operation Buckle Down is also funded by Grants provided by the State of New Mexico. The Clovis Police Department would like to remind everyone to wear their seatbelts while travelling in a vehicle. The Clovis Police Department would like to remind you that Law Enforcement Officers throughout New Mexico will be out in force to make sure that drunk drivers don’t cause tragedy on the roads this year. Remember, Sobriety Checkpoints are everywhere and if you “Drink and Drive, You Lose!”

The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive is coming up July 24-25. Please join the Clovis Police Department in giving the gift of life by donating blood.

CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA ADVISORY Release Date: 07/05/2018 Incident Type: Injured Subject, Paseo Village, Clovis, New Mexico Contact Person: Roman Romero, Captain, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9423 Clovis, NM – July 5, 2018 – 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.

CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Expect lane closures in the area of 1st Street and Prince Street. Please allow for more time to get to your destination if you must transit through this area. Be mindful of workers in the area. Initial Announcement from City of Clovis Emergency Management Press Release: Road Closure 06/27/2018 Release Date: 06/25/2018 Contact Person: Dan Heerding, Emergency Management Director, (575) 763-9494 Clovis, NM – On June 27, 2018 a mile of Mabry Drive, starting at Prince Street going east, will have temporary closures. The closure will allow ES&H of Dallas, Texas, access to the storm drainage line for cleaning. Expect portions of the right lane to be closed to accommodate personnel and equipment. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at (575) 763-9494.

MEDIA ADVISORY CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT Release Date: 06/19/2018 Incident Type: SWAT Activation, Jail Escapees Captured, 1200 block of Dartmouth Street, Clovis, New Mexico Contact Person: Roman Romero, Captain, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9423 Clovis, NM – June 19, 2018 – 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.

If you lost a set of keys during the Clovis High School graduation ceremony on Friday, please call our department at (575)763-9451 to identify.