DEMING, N.M. — On Friday, New Mexico State Police officer Darian Jarrott was killed on Interstate 10, 70 miles from El Paso, Texas. He was 28 years old.
Jarrott was killed whilst initiating a traffic stop on a white pickup truck in connection to a Homeland Security investigation he was assisting, according to law enforcement officials. The driver, 39-year-old Omar Felix Cueva, fatally shot Jarrott and began continuing east on the interstate towards Las Cruces. Police say Cueva was headed to a drug deal.
15 miles away Cueva pulled over momentarily and opened fire at police, according to a press release. He continued east before an LCPD officer used a PIT maneuver to disable his vehicle.
Austin Contreras, a construction worker working at a site 40 miles from the shooting, noticed the commotion and began recording.
Cueva got out of his truck and crouched down near the back right wheel, opening fire at police. Over a dozen shots were exchanged.
Cueva struck one officer who was later treated for gunshot wounds before he appeared motionless next to the truck, dead on the scene.
An investigation is now being led by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau. Identities of the officers involved have yet to be released.