Chaves County Sheriff’s deputy charged with child abuse, aggravated assault
June 13, 2018 11:00 PM
ROSWELL, N.M. – A Chaves County Sheriff’s deputy has been charged with child abuse and aggravated assault.
According to a criminal complaint, Mario Rosales noticed a truck following him on March 18, 2018. Rosales told police that he stopped using his turn signals to make sure the truck was following him. He realized it was and when he drove to his home, the truck pulled up and blocked his car in the driveway.
In the statement, Rosales said, “I was very scared. I grabbed my firearm and put it in my pocket. I waited to see if the black pickup would leave. The black pickup stayed parked.”
He added that the man in the truck began to yell foul language at him. After a few words were exchanged, Rosales said the man in the truck pulled out a revolver and pointed it at him.
The man, who allegedly pointed the gun at Rosales, was Chaves County Deputy David Bradshaw.
Bradshaw was not wearing his uniform; he was driving his personal vehicle and was off-duty.
During the confrontation, a child was in the back seat of Bradshaw’s truck.
John P. Sugg, a District Attorney for the 12th Judicial District, wrote in a press release, “The small child was physically located in between the two armed men during the altercation.”
He said that is why Bradshaw is facing Child Abuse charges, a third-degree felony offense.
Sugg said the altercation was caught on a neighbor’s surveillance camera.
"During the altercation, you see the driver (Rosales) raise both of his hands in the air and slowly walked back towards his vehicle. Shortly after that, another unit from the Chaves County Sheriff's Office arrived, and she was able to diffuse the entire situation."
Sugg said Bradshaw denied ever pulling out a gun and pointing it at Rosales during the hearing, but he doesn’t deny following Rosales home.
"Mr. Bradshaw's defense as he testified to us was that he was acting as a law enforcement officer, and that he had concerns for the community, and that he suspected that the driver was intoxicated,” said Sugg.
He said the next step is for the District Attorney’s Office to file a complaint in Chaves County District Court. Sugg said if Bradshaw is found guilty, he could face up to six-and-a-half years in prison.
Created: June 13, 2018 11:00 PM
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