Dog Is Last Certified Member Of Small NM Police Department

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A small town police chief who isn't allowed to carry a gun because of his criminal background has resigned, leaving Vaughn, N.M., with just one certified member on its force -- a dog named Nikka.

Dave Romero, Vaughn attorney, said Wednesday that police Chief Ernest "Chris" Armijo (ar-ME'-ho) stepped down because of the media attention surrounding his position.

Officials say Armijo couldn't carry a gun since acknowledging tens of thousands of dollars in delinquent child support. Armijo also faces felony charges after being accused of selling a town-owned rifle and pocketing the cash.

Vaughn's other officer isn't certified and pleaded guilty to charges of assault and battery last year.

According to records, the only qualified member of the force is the drug-sniffing dog.

Vaughn, a town of about 450, is 104 miles east of Albuquerque.

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