Felipe Hernandez

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Service Record

Las Cruces New Mexico Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired approximately 2015.[1]
Salary $46,846 (2018)[2]
Last Known Status Administrative Leave[1]

Incident Reports

2023 Death of Teresa Gomez

News report with body-worn camera footage
Felipe Hernandez booking photo
Felipe Hernandez

On October 3, 2023, Hernandez stopped Gomez for trespassing. After seeing possible guns in the car, Hernandez ordered Gomez to get out of vehicle. Gomez initially refused, but eventually exited. During the incident, Hernandez swore at Gomez and threatened to "make [Gomez's] life a living hell". The items were paintball equipment, and Hernandez allowed Gomez to sit back down in her car. Gomez started the car and started to drive away. Hernandez fired as Gomez drove away, striking her.[1][3]

Gomez died at the hospital.[1]

Response Timeline

Hernandez was placed on paid administrative leave.[1]

A task force was formed to investigate, with members from the New Mexico State Police, the Las Cruces New Mexico Police Department, New Mexico State University Police, and the Dona Ana County New Mexico Sheriff's Office.[4]

On October 27, 2023, a lawsuit was filed against the department, alleging wrongful death.[4]

On January 9, 2024, Hernandez was charged with second-degree murder with a firearm enhancement.[5]

On January 18, 2024, the civil lawsuit was amended to include Hernandez.

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