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Release Date:  12/07/2013

Incident Type:  Suspect Eric Gutierrez Arrested By Clovis SWAT Team Following A Several Hour Standoff in Clovis After Shooting At Clovis Police Officers

Contact Person:  Captain Patrick Whitney, 575-763-9436

Clovis, NM – December 07, 2013 – On December 07, 2013 at approximately 5:37 am, Clovis Police were dispatched to 320 Hinkle Street in Clovis in reference to a “Remove Intoxicated Violent Subject” call. The caller stated his son, 30 year-old Eric Gutierrez, was intoxicated and being violent and they wanted him removed from the residence. The caller had already left the home and met Officers at another location a few blocks away.

Upon arrival of Clovis Police Officers and the father at 320 Hinkle Street, the father went in with Officers to have Eric Gutierrez removed. Clovis Police knocked on Eric Gutierrez’s bedroom door and announced their presence and asked him to come to the door. Eric Gutierrez yelled back through the door to give him a minute. Within seconds, Eric Gutierrez fired several bullets from a gun through the bedroom door at Officers. Nobody was hit by any of the bullets. Officers drew their weapons and commanded Gutierrez to drop his gun. Gutierrez opened the door and looked at Officers briefly before shutting the door. The Officers backed out of the home with the father and set-up a perimeter to contain Eric Gutierrez in the house.

Because Eric Gutierrez was armed with a firearm and just shot at police officers, the Clovis Police SWAT Team was deployed along with the Clovis Police Crisis Negotiation Team. A Clovis Police Crisis Negotiator attempted for several hours by phone and loud speaker to talk Eric Gutierrez into surrendering himself. Eric Gutierrez refused, demanding Officers come in and get him. A few minutes after the Clovis Police SWAT Team breached the front door for an impending entry; Eric Gutierrez walked out the front door and surrendered himself without incident to the Clovis Police SWAT Officers deployed around the home.

Eric Gutierrez was placed under arrest for 1 count of Felony Attempted Murder, 2 counts of Felony Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer, 1 count of Felony Aggravated Assault Against a Household Member, 1 count of Felony Shooting At or From a Dwelling and 1 count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and transported to the Clovis Police Department for questioning by Clovis Police Detectives. As of the time of this press release Clovis Police are still actively searching and processing the home for evidence.

No further comment will be made on this arrest until Monday. A past booking photo of Mr. Gutierrez has been attached to this press release.

 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 December 2013 17:03 )
 

Release Date:  12/05/2013

Incident Type: DWI Saturation Patrols Scheduled for December 2013

Contact Person: Sgt. Robert Denney, 575-763-9444

On December 9, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014 Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting DWI Saturation Patrols 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 ODWI Grant makes this possible from Safer New Mexico Now.

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!”

Clovis Police Officers will also be conducting Seat Belt enforcement operations during this holiday season. The OBD Grant makes this possible from Safer New Mexico Now.


 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 December 2013 15:27 )
 

Release Date:  November 26, 2013

Incident Type: Suspicious Package

Contact Person: Douglas R. Ford, Captain

Clovis – November 26, 2013 – On Tuesday November 26, 2013 at approximately 06:50 hours, Officers of the Clovis Police Department were sent to the area of 7th and Hall for a suspicious package. Upon arrival, Officers observed a package lying on the ground just inside the fence of the old Municipal Golf Course. The package was wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper, but was obviously placed in this location.

Because of how the package was placed and inability to know what was inside the package, the decision was made to contact an Explosive Ordinance Disposal team to deal with the package.

Clovis Police Officers secured the area from 7th and Norris to just east of the intersection of 7th and Georgia.  Citizens in the immediate area were evacuated from their residences for their safety and barricades were brought into close the streets down in the immediate area.

The New Mexico State Police EOD and Cannon Air Force Base EOD responded to assist with the incident.  The Cannon EOD team was able to evaluate the package with their advanced technology and informed us there was nothing of concern in the package.

The two EOD teams examined the package, which contained packing material. The box was collected to be processed by the Clovis Police Department Special Operations Unit (SOU) and all follow up will be conducted by Detectives of SOU.

The incident was completed and all citizens who had been evacuated from their homes were contacted and told the issue was resolved.

Any additional information can be obtained from Captain Douglas R. Ford, Support Services Division Commander at the following E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or you can call: (575) 763-9432.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:38 )
 

Release Date:      11/27/2013 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Person:    Community Relations Officer at (575) 763-9427

Incident Type:     Vehicle/Home Burglaries in Clovis During Holiday Season

Every Holiday Season there are several reported vehicle and home burglaries in which the victim’s property was targeted as a crime of opportunity. Doors to vehicles and homes had been left unlocked by the victims and the burglars were looking for such unsecured property as an easy opportunity to steal.

The other issue is that of securing high value items such as purses, wallets, firearms and gifts that are left in personal vehicles while people are out shopping at the local mall and merchant stores during the Christmas Holiday Season. Please remember to secure these items and not leave them in your car overnight or when going shopping, as these items are the target of opportunity for these thieves. Secure gift purchases in the trunk or covered area in your vehicle out of sight of prying eyes. Make trips home to secure high value gifts. Please remember to “LOCK IT, HIDE IT, OR LOSE IT!”

Always be alert to your surroundings while shopping and going in and out of parking lots at retailer’s stores. Would be burglars and thieves are looking for you; you should be on the lookout for them! The Clovis Police Department would like to remind people to please report suspicious activity that you see in the community and in your neighborhood this Holiday Season. Don’t deny the problem! Contact the Clovis Police Department at (575) 769-1921 or in case of an emergency dial 911.

If you want to help in creating a Neighborhood Watch Program in your community, please contact the Clovis Police Department Community Relations Officer at (575) 763-9427.

 

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Release Date:  11/07/2013

Incident Type: Beware Of Publisher’s Clearing House Scam By Phone Impersonating Federal Agent

Contact Person:  Captain Patrick Whitney, 575-763-9436

The Clovis Police Department asks the public be aware of a new phone scam in the area in which a phone call is made to a potential victim telling them they won a cash prize from Publisher’s Clearing House. This scam has already been reported in California, Colorado and Utah. The caller asks the potential victim to send money to a bank in Mexico City to claim their prize. A second call is received from another scammer claiming to be an FBI Agent or other member of a law enforcement agency calling to verify the first phone call from the original scammer call. A third call comes in from someone posing as a member of your local sheriff office, city or state police agency to lend legitimacy to the second call which was received from the FBI Agent. They will use a name of a true law enforcement official from one of the local agencies they have retrieved from an agencies website. They also are able to fraudulently change the caller ID to show the call is coming from a legitimate phone number from the local law enforcement agency.

Do not fall for this scam and reveal any of your personal or banking information to these scammers. Do not send any money to these people. Generally, if you ask the scammer for their name and phone number they will hang up. This is a very elaborate scheme in which the scammers know the names of actual local law enforcement officers off of the websites and are able to hide their true phone number and portray the real number of a local law enforcement agency on your caller ID to try and lend legitimacy to the scam call.

These types of cases are forwarded to federal authorities due to the technological and often foreign nature of the crimes being perpetrated from somewhere outside the United States in which local jurisdictions have no ability,  authority or jurisdiction to investigate.

Anyone receiving these calls is asked to contact the police department at 575-769-1921 to verify if they were actually being called by a true member of the Clovis Police Department.

A reminder Citizens may use TipSoft to provide information and remain anonymous at any time. Text users can send their tip to: "CRIMES" (274637) with the keyword TIPCPD. In other words, citizens can text “TIPCPD plus their crime tip" to 274637 (CRIMES).  Citizens can submit anonymous tips using their PC or mobile phone by going to www.tipsubmit.com, or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.

 
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