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Darian Jarrott initiated a white truck traffic stop while “assisting Homeland Security Investigations,” according to NMSP chief Robert Thornton at a news conference Thursday night. Law enforcement from various departments pursued him, Thornton said, including officers from the NMSP, the United States Border Patrol, the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office and the Las Cruces Police Department.
Jarrott began his career as a transportation inspector with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. He was sworn in as an officer of the NMSP in July 2015.
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Darian Jarrott was 28 years old.
He survives with his wife and three children with another on the way.
Omar Felix Cueva in the Deming area Thursday while assisting with a Department of Homeland Security operation. Thornton said Cueva fired at least one shot, hitting Jarrott.
Cueva drove away, but other NMSP officers were able to locate and pursue him on Interstate 10. Police made Cueva’s vehicle stop after using a PIT maneuver near Las Cruces.
Las Cruces Police spokesman Dan Trujillo confirmed that they are assisting the New Mexico State Police on I-10 and have closed all of I-10 in both directions from Exit 142 on University Avenue to Exit 135 near West Picacho Avenue. Police say I-10 is closed at MP 101 in Luna County. Motorists should expect significant delays as the investigation continues.
Cueva was shot and died at the scene. An LCPD officer was injured in the exchange of gunfire, but has since been released from the hospital, according to authorities.
KTSM obtained a dramatic (but graphic) video of the end of the chase. You can see it here.
During a news conference late Thursday night, state police said Cueva was heading to Las Cruces to participate in a drug deal and that he had a criminal record that included drug trafficking charges.
Video recording: recording incident
A driver who had been stopped on a New Mexico highway shot and killed a state police officer Thursday and then led officers on a roughly 40-mile chase before police crashed into his truck and shot him dead. authorities said.
The violence began when state police officer Darian Jarrott stopped the driver of a white pickup truck as part of a national security investigation on Interstate 10 near Akela, about 40 miles west of Las Cruces, New Mexico. said the police.
The driver, Omar Félix Cueva, was driving alone from Deming, N.M., to Las Cruces to participate in a “drug purchase,” police said. Cueva fired at least one shot at Officer Jarrott and killed him, police said. Mr. Cueva, who had been wearing a bulletproof vest, then drove east on the highway, according to Roxanne García-McElmell, a spokeswoman for the Doña Ana County District Attorney’s Office.
After another State Police officer found Mr. Cueva’s truck on the highway, Mr. Cueva stopped near an exit and fired at the officers, who returned fire, State Police said. Officers chased Cueva further east on Interstate 10 and laid tire-piercing strips on the road, police said.
When Mr. Cueva arrived in Las Cruces, pursued by officers from various agencies, a Las Cruces police officer hit Mr. Cueva’s truck with his police patrol, forcing the truck to stop, authorities said. Cueva got out of his truck and fired multiple shots at the officers, who responded, hitting Mr. Cueva at least once and killing him, State Police said. A Las Cruces officer was shot in the arm during the exchange, according to Garcia-McElmell. He was treated at a hospital and released, he said.
State Police Chief Robert Thornton said Officer Jarrott, 28, had started his career as a transportation inspector with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and had been certified as a law enforcement officer in 2014. In July 2015, he was sworn in as an officer of the New Mexico State Police. He was the father of three young children and was expecting a fourth child this year, Chief Thornton said.