Police chief name change leads to TSA confrontation

Created: 01/30/2014 10:44 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A New Mexico police chief had to answer questions from his village council Thursday.

He was explaining why he was hassled by TSA agents at the Sunport.

It was because he has two names.

Shane Harger said he was harassed by TSA agents at the Albuquerque Sunport.

The City Council of Jemez Springs called the meeting to clear the air about what happened.

Harger said agents were questioning the name on his boarding pass; it was different than the name on his I.D.

The name on his New Mexico driver's license is Braxton Haze, but the name on the pass said Shane Harger.

Harger used to be a deputy in Valencia County and was the first to arrive at former APD officer Levi Chavez's home the night Chavez's wife Tera was found dead.

He said that without getting into details, that event had a lot to do with the name change.

Harger said he was detained for 35 minutes and questioned by four different agents because of his two names.

The village council put Harger on desk duty until they could figure out what happened at the Sunport.

The entire room was packed with community members who wanted answers. Some were against the chief, but many were in support, including the local fire department.

One village councilor accused Harger of whipping the town into a frenzy by saying the council was against him because they put him on desk duty. Councilors said they did it over legal matters.

In the end, the council decided to keep Harger employed.

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