Body Camera Footage: Officer Chris Caron Shot In Clovis, New Mexico

Body camera footage shows the shooting of Clovis Police Officer Chris Caron.

Body camera footage shows the shooting of Clovis Police Officer Chris Caron.

Body Camera Footage: Officer Chris Caron Shot In Clovis, New Mexico

Clovis, New Mexico – Clovis Police Department just released body camera footage of Officer Chris Caron being shot. The footage is a perfect example of how quickly suspects can escalate.

The video starts off when Officer Chris Caron contacts a man on a bicycle for riding a bike out of his lane. The officer has a calm conversation with the suspect until the officer is informed that the suspect has an outstanding warrant. Officer Chris Caron told the suspect that he was under arrest, and that’s when things instantly go nuts.

Clovis Police Department released this message about the video:

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

To our Community,

We want you to be aware of the graphic content of the video we have posted on our Facebook page. This is most likely the first time the Clovis Police Department has posted video of interaction between a person suspected of a crime and our Officers. I say suspected, because although there may be enough information, probable cause, to support an arrest warrant, a person is not guilty until either a judge or a jury convicts them.

There has been speculation and conjecture about the incident leading to Officer Chris Caron being shot. We want to clear up any speculation. Understand, most often video is held because an investigation is ongoing or the release of the video may interfere with the case. I have reviewed the video, and with the support of our Chief of Police and City Management, it was decided this needed to be released.

The video on our page has been stopped at five minutes and forty-eight seconds. There is more to the video after this, but these first few minutes are the clearest representation of how the event transpired on August 29, 2016. You will hear some coarse language, but this is the way some people talk normally or when they are under stress. If you watch the video and it affects you emotionally, it should. These Officers are your neighbors, your friends, and in some cases people you went to school with.

Clovis is a great community. It is great because of the people who live here. The outpouring of support for Officer Caron and the continuing support our community has for their members of law enforcement is amazing. We hope you are as proud of us as we are of our town. As the closing sentence of the Clovis Police Department Mission Statement reads, the purpose of your Police Department has always been and will always be about making Clovis “a safer community to live, work and play in.”

Thank you, and Stay Safe.

Roman J. Romero
Captain, Clovis Police Department

While non-officers may try to Monday-morning quarterback Officer Chris Caron’s actions, it’s not so easy to second-guess this officer if you’ve been in a similar situation. Officer Chris Caron did an excellent job, and we pray that he has a swift recovery from his gunshot wound.

  • Patrick H

    Prayers to Officer Caron for a quick recovery.

  • Dawn

    Prayers for Officer Caron for a full and speedy recovery. Stay safe out there officers! <3

  • hopeful8

    Let me guess…he shouldn’t have had a warrant in the first place because it was just a “small” crime. And he was just about to go to college. And the officer had no right to shoot. Does that sound about right? Prayers for all involved.