A New Mexico police officer shot dead in a highway-stop confrontation was identified as Darian Jarrott. According to the officials, the attacker was also killed in the police shootout at Las Cruces, while another officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The incident happened on Thursday, February 4.
The killed suspect was identified as thirty-nine-year-old Omar Felix Cueva.
Jarrott was assisting U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and stopped Cueva’s vehicle on Thursday. The shooting took place in southern Luna County between the cities of Las Cruces and Deming in New Mexico.
The shot officer was found by a Homeland Security agent; once the state police spotted the suspect’s vehicle, officers from several law enforcement agencies chased Cueva to the Las Cruces area.
The officers used deflation devices and other maneuvers to force the running vehicle off the highway. They also exchanged gunfire with the suspect and in the end, the suspect was killed.
According to the state, the police statement didn’t indicate if the traffic stop was related to Jarrott’s assistance to Homeland Security.
New Mexico State Police Chief Robert Thornton said that Cueva was going to Las Cruces to do drug deals. The suspect had a violent criminal history that included trafficking charges.
Jarrott joined the State Police in 2015 after he worked as state transportation inspector and local law enforcement officer.
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