Officer Anthony Haase
Rio Rancho Police Department, New Mexico
End of Watch: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Tour of Duty: 5 months
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: October 26, 2014
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Police Chief Michael Geier
Rio Rancho Police Department
500 Quantum Rd NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Phone: (505) 891-5900
Officer Anthony Haase was killed in a single vehicle crash near the intersection of Idalia Road and State Road 528 while responding to a domestic violence call at approximately 3:00 am.
A female subject was being beaten by a male subject, who was also threatening other family members with a gun.
During the response Officer Haase’s vehicle left the roadway and struck a ditch.
Officer Haase was sworn in as police officer only five months earlier, but had worked for the Rio Rancho Police Department for one year.
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Rio Rancho police are mourning after one of the department’s young officers died in a single-car crash early Sunday morning.
The young officer, 24-year-old Anthony Haase, died from his injuries after wrecking his cruiser on Idalia Road near Highway 528. He is remembered as both a promising young police officer and a star on the baseball mound.
He was on his way to call just before 3 a.m.
“Officer Anthony Haase was responding to a domestic violence call,” said Lt. Paul Rogers of the Rio Rancho Police Department.
Haase had just left the Sandoval County Detention Center and was headed to the scene in Northern Meadows.
“He never arrived at that call,” Rogers said.
Rogers says Haase’s cruiser went off the road and wrecked. His car was the only one involved. The 24-year-old had only been on the force for a little more than a year, graduating from police academy last May.
“Well, certainly it’s a very somber occasion,” Rogers said. “We are in a unique position where not only are we subjected to the feelings every human has about these types of situations, but were also charged with investigating it as well.”
It’s not clear what caused or led up to the crash. Officers are now wearing a black shroud over their badges and Haase is also being remembered at his old high school.
“That’s the 2007 ring that Anthony Haase brought to Rio Rancho High School,” Ron Murphy said, pointing at a poster in his office.
Murphy, the head baseball coach for the Rams, was stunned by the news.
“Total shock, sadness,” he said. “You know, just remembering everything he’s done for you and for your program.”
He remembers Hasse as a beast on the mound.
“(He’s) right behind me when they shaved my head when we won state, smiling and laughing at me of course,” Murphy said looking at a newspaper clipping.
His skills even took him to the next level.
“And then got drafted by the Texas Rangers and had a good stint with them in the minor leagues.”
Haase’s jersey now hangs in Murphy’s office. Number 15 is gone, but surely not forgotten.
“He’s surely going to be missed by all of us,” Murphy said.
Haase had recently married and leaves behind family in Rio Rancho.
This marks the second time a Rio Rancho police officer has died in the line of duty. In August of 2007, Officer Germaine Casey was part of George W. Bush’s escort to Kirtland Air Force Base. He crashed his motorcycle into a tree.