Sgt. Jim Prest on of Support Services discussed briefly the Roswell Police Department’s reaction to the injury of a fellow officer that occurred Monday when an officer-involved shooting turned into a multi-car accident which left the RPD with one man down. “Anything like this weighs heavily on the heart. It reminds people that they could be injured or die on any day.”
The CID sergeant remains in critical, but stable condition in a Lubbock hospital. Preston explained that the family asked for the officer’s name to be withheld while he is recuperating. “We want to respect their wishes.”
He said that Deputy Chief Brad McFadin has gone to Lubbock to be with the family while Deputy Chief Phil Smith remained in Roswell to take care of day-to-day affairs.
“Every day we deal with tragedies, but it is horrible to get news like this,” Preston said.
When asked why a Roswell Police sergeant went to an incident so far out of town, he replied: “The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office called us to activate the tri-agency shoot team required to investigate an officer-involved shooting.”
Preston also expressed the department’s thanks for all the assistance that their man received following the injury, naming Native Air, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, Roswell Fire Department, New Mexico State Police, Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.