State police investigate shooting of man who fled Texas police

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico

JaWayne Helfferich’s mother said Texas police shot her son multiple times Saturday after he wrecked his vehicle following an hour-long pursuit through Friona and northern Curry County.

Glenda Camp, 66, was in the passenger seat of her son’s 1996 Ford Explorer throughout the pursuit. She said the SUV hit a ditch, broke an axle, lost control and crashed into patrol cars.

“They already had him trapped. … They didn’t even give a warning shot. All I heard was booms, one after another and he yelled, ‘I’m hit,’” Camp said.

“I thought they’re surely not shooting, all he was doing was running across country. … I’m just lucky that they didn’t shoot me. I just looked down and saw I had his blood all over me.”

Camp, of Portales, said her son was unarmed and never threatened officers during the pursuit.

Helfferich, 39, remains in serious condition in a Lubbock hospital, according to family. He was shot six times, they said.

New Mexico State Police have declined to comment on the shooting, citing an ongoing investigation.

Capt. Jimmy Glascock said the investigation is ongoing and may take some time because there are multiple scenes and jurisdictions involved.

“It’s a serious matter and it’s fairly complex. Considering the layout of everything, there’s a lot to be looked at and a lot to be considered. It’s going to take a lot of time. We’re still determining what happened,” he said.