Ex-Lovington officer charged with murder

A former Lovington police officer has been charged with an open count of murder in the shooting death of his father. Full Story
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“JUST CALL ME QUIRKY..”

Since: May 08

Burque'

#2 Jul 5, 2008
Sounds like another Domestic Violence case.
Im Just Sayin

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Jul 5, 2008
SilenceUnheard wrote:
what a POS....hope they throw the book at him!!!!
I guess you know more facts than the rest of us to make that call. I would assume there must be no reasonable explanation for what he did or they wouldn't have charged him, but I wouldn't make your statement without knowing more.
LilStinka

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Jul 5, 2008
SilenceUnheard wrote:
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Shooting your own Father??????What happened to Mace,Nightstick,handcuffs,stun gun,i am sure everyone in prison is licking there chops ,A COP and a DAD KILLER...sad story
You have a good point. Aren't police officers trained to deal with domestic violence? I know it's different when it hits home but....it could have been handled differently, just my opinion.
CornDog

Tempe, AZ

#6 Jul 5, 2008
Why is it we typically stick around arguing and letting things escalate instead of just leaving so things defuse?
shoot straight damn it

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Jul 5, 2008
Don't you wonder why, at 23 years old, he is already a "former Lovington Police Officer"?
yoyomama

United States

#9 Jul 5, 2008
Knowing the situation the family, I believe it was a moment of desperation..Mom was Dad's punching bag for years. That has to get to a child after years of witnessing this behavior. It is sad how things escalated. Jake was a police officer until he choose to go into a different line of work. He also has a younger autistic brother who leaves at home with Mom. Jake is also maybe 5'4" and his dad was over 6'2". I'm sure he felt powerless in this sad situation! I know this family and I believe sometimes people feel desperate in these situations and that regretfully sparks this type of outcome. I will pray for all of the surviors in this domestic abuse case.
dove

Levelland, TX

#10 Jul 5, 2008
my prayers to all.

“JUST CALL ME QUIRKY..”

Since: May 08

Burque'

#11 Jul 5, 2008
It's got to be hard, very hard knowing he took the life of his father. My condolences to all involved.
victimized

Carlsbad, NM

#12 Jul 5, 2008
Maybe he should have reported the abuse to his former employer. Noone knows all that took place...hey, if a man does not stop abusing his wife and family and has an autistic son, he deserves to be shot. The son should remain free, charge(s) dropped! It is sad that noone can take up for their selves these days and all has to go through the court just for the criminal to do it all over again. My ex husband beat me, raped me, help me against my will, threatened to take off with our son and would call me harrassing me from his prison walls...nothing was done. He attacked me when our newborn was three weeks old, and I stabbed him in his armby accident trying to get to his heart to stop him from splattering blood more in my parents kitchen with blood all over the floor, fridge, and walls. There are some people who deserve what they want...death!

“JUST CALL ME QUIRKY..”

Since: May 08

Burque'

#13 Jul 5, 2008
victimized wrote:
Maybe he should have reported the abuse to his former employer. Noone knows all that took place...hey, if a man does not stop abusing his wife and family and has an autistic son, he deserves to be shot. The son should remain free, charge(s) dropped! It is sad that noone can take up for their selves these days and all has to go through the court just for the criminal to do it all over again. My ex husband beat me, raped me, help me against my will, threatened to take off with our son and would call me harrassing me from his prison walls...nothing was done. He attacked me when our newborn was three weeks old, and I stabbed him in his armby accident trying to get to his heart to stop him from splattering blood more in my parents kitchen with blood all over the floor, fridge, and walls. There are some people who deserve what they want...death!
Where is your husband now.
hurt family

Hobbs, NM

#14 Jul 5, 2008
i know the family and the situation. you shouldn't judge. it was sad it came to this. but the family has endured so much pain from that man. the system failed to protect them from jim.
president Mccain

United States

#15 Jul 6, 2008
my friends, anyone striking my wife in the face shall also be shot...doesn't matter who you are...no one puts baby in the corner..
The Law

Lovington, NM

#16 Jul 6, 2008
I also know the family and am involved in Law Enforcement at this time and have been for many years. It is very funny t read all most of these comments. Most of you are really quick to judge people before you know the situation like (Silence Unheard). In one of your comments you state what happen to mace, baton and all the other sht we have to carry. Just beacuse your a cop or an ex-cop it doesn't mean that you know all the bad @ss take down moves. There is still allways someone out there that can kick your @$$. In this situation dad is about 6'2"-3" and son about 5'2"-3". Dad had been beating Mom for several years and son saw it for his entire life. You get to a point in life when enough is enough. No matter who it is. Was his actions correct? I don't know I wasn't there and nor were you. Another thing is that the system never failed tham because there have been several calls from other people that mom was gettin beaten but when the cops would get there no one wanted to say anything. Nobody wanted to do anthing and everyone wanted to keep everyone from going to jail.
Okie

Albuquerque, NM

#17 Jul 6, 2008
The Law wrote:
I also know the family and am involved in Law Enforcement at this time and have been for many years. It is very funny t read all most of these comments. Most of you are really quick to judge people before you know the situation like (Silence Unheard). In one of your comments you state what happen to mace, baton and all the other sht we have to carry. Just beacuse your a cop or an ex-cop it doesn't mean that you know all the bad @ss take down moves. There is still allways someone out there that can kick your @$$. In this situation dad is about 6'2"-3" and son about 5'2"-3". Dad had been beating Mom for several years and son saw it for his entire life. You get to a point in life when enough is enough. No matter who it is. Was his actions correct? I don't know I wasn't there and nor were you. Another thing is that the system never failed tham because there have been several calls from other people that mom was gettin beaten but when the cops would get there no one wanted to say anything. Nobody wanted to do anthing and everyone wanted to keep everyone from going to jail.
It was very sad to read what you wrote. Not having to expierence the horrors that this officer had to live with makes one feel lucky in that sense. I can't imagine what hell his life must have been.
I hope for everyone involved the whole truth comes out and a lot of understanding and compassion prevail. God be with the family!
Aint it Funny

AOL

#18 Jul 6, 2008
How when an ex-cop kills someone, particularly when the guy is white, there are always hundreds of people coming to their defense. Murder is murder. As a wife beater, the POS should have been thrown in jail, possibly where he'd get the beejeesus beaten out of him weekly for a few years, but MURDER is cruel and unusual punishment even for a crime has heinous as wife beating. Anyone that beats up ANYONE much smaller and weaker than he or she is a POS and deserves severe punishment, but the death penalty? No. An eye for an eye refers to "let the punishment fit the crime".
Okie

Albuquerque, NM

#19 Jul 6, 2008
Aint it Funny wrote:
How when an ex-cop kills someone, particularly when the guy is white, there are always hundreds of people coming to their defense. Murder is murder. As a wife beater, the POS should have been thrown in jail, possibly where he'd get the beejeesus beaten out of him weekly for a few years, but MURDER is cruel and unusual punishment even for a crime has heinous as wife beating. Anyone that beats up ANYONE much smaller and weaker than he or she is a POS and deserves severe punishment, but the death penalty? No. An eye for an eye refers to "let the punishment fit the crime".
So if you witness your mother getting her face bashed in by some one bigger than you, are you going to stop and think about what the proper punishment should be? I don't think "punishment" was what went through his mind. I know if I witnessed my mother getting her face bashed in I would want to stop it ASAP!
Bigdog

Hobbs, NM

#20 Jul 6, 2008
I've never posted on one of these things before so I hope I'm doing this right. I just logged on to read the news about Jake Shirley, an ex-Lovington Police Officer. I'm also an ex-Lovington Police Officer, and I also worked with Jake. I didn't log on to bad mouth Jake, but I felt compelled to voice my opinion on this subject. Jake was a very disturbed person. It was one of those cases where dad and mom gave him everything he ever wanted, and never expected much from him. Jake was hired at the Lovington Police Department because of who his dad was and who his dad knew. Most of the officers that worked with Jake, me included, knew Jake was not mature enough to handle the job. I guess that's what upsets me about this situation. People want to make this about law enforcement. It has nothing to due with the fact that Jake was a police officer in Lovington (Less than a year)Jake had family problems and alot of other issues in his life. I'm no fan of the Lovington Police Department, I do have a lot of friends still working there. I can tell you that Jake started out as normal as me and you, and evolved in to a problem child. It should also be noted that Jake didn't decide to leave the Lovington Police Department, he was asked to leave, instead of being fired. He later went to another department, where he was also asked to leave. Jake had a hard time with this and continued to say he was a police officer, when in fact he no longer was. As far as the domestic violance in his life, I have no doubt that Jim used to hit his wife. However as mentioned above nobody would cooperate with responding officers. It's easy to blame law enforcement for these problems. But I can tell you from experience in my six years of law enforcement I've never had a domestic case go all the way to a trial. I know it isn't easy for victims to come forward. But if they don't there is nothing we can do, unless we have physical evidence. One more thing this doesn't have anything to do with the color of anyones skin, as mentioned above, this is a horrible thing no matter what color of skin you have. So please don't make this about your own twisted cause. I hope this sheds some light on the situation for you all.
LEBRO

Albuquerque, NM

#21 Jul 7, 2008
I too know Jake Shirley. I worked with him for a BRIEF period at the Clovis Police Department. He left that agency because of his imaturity and inability to tell the truth and it wasn't by choice. It's clear by what's already been commented on that Jake and his family had some serious problems, which have only been magnified by this terrible incident. We all should pray for everyone involved and not be so quick to judge Jake Shirley. I have been an officer for the past 18 years and know for a fact that things like this happen very fast and without much thought of the consiquences.

Since: Mar 08

Carlsbad

#22 Jul 7, 2008
Bigdog wrote:
I've never posted on one of these things before so I hope I'm doing this right. I just logged on to read the news about Jake Shirley, an ex-Lovington Police Officer. I'm also an ex-Lovington Police Officer, and I also worked with Jake. I didn't log on to bad mouth Jake, but I felt compelled to voice my opinion on this subject. Jake was a very disturbed person. It was one of those cases where dad and mom gave him everything he ever wanted, and never expected much from him. Jake was hired at the Lovington Police Department because of who his dad was and who his dad knew. Most of the officers that worked with Jake, me included, knew Jake was not mature enough to handle the job. I guess that's what upsets me about this situation. People want to make this about law enforcement. It has nothing to due with the fact that Jake was a police officer in Lovington (Less than a year)Jake had family problems and alot of other issues in his life. I'm no fan of the Lovington Police Department, I do have a lot of friends still working there. I can tell you that Jake started out as normal as me and you, and evolved in to a problem child. It should also be noted that Jake didn't decide to leave the Lovington Police Department, he was asked to leave, instead of being fired. He later went to another department, where he was also asked to leave. Jake had a hard time with this and continued to say he was a police officer, when in fact he no longer was. As far as the domestic violance in his life, I have no doubt that Jim used to hit his wife. However as mentioned above nobody would cooperate with responding officers. It's easy to blame law enforcement for these problems. But I can tell you from experience in my six years of law enforcement I've never had a domestic case go all the way to a trial. I know it isn't easy for victims to come forward. But if they don't there is nothing we can do, unless we have physical evidence. One more thing this doesn't have anything to do with the color of anyones skin, as mentioned above, this is a horrible thing no matter what color of skin you have. So please don't make this about your own twisted cause. I hope this sheds some light on the situation for you all.
Finally....someone who knows what they're talking about.
Cynthia Falwell

Broken Arrow, OK

#23 Jul 7, 2008
Someone who sees abuse time after time, and nothing being done about it well, they can just take so much. I don't know the family personally,so I don't know the mother didn't get away from her abuser. Why didn't she seek help through her son to move elsewhere or have her husband put in jail? Loser men who punch on women doesn't deserve any sympathy. But, there are still people who think it is okay to use another person as a punching bag and there are those who thinks being hit on is okay. Are you joking?? Why?? Lock them up or just get rid of them. Anyway you have to. Some people never learn to keep their hands to themselves.

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