Raw Video Captures Shootout Between Suspect, Las Cruces Police Officer
Dramatic video recorded by an eye witness captures the moment a suspect engages law enforcement on I-10 in Las Cruces.
It shows the shootout that unfolded at the end of a pursuit right after a Las Cruces Police officer performed “a pursuit intervention technique” on the suspect’s pickup and both vehicles came to a stop. That’s when the bullets start flying.
The footage, posted below, is violent and intense and shows a Las Cruces police officer shooting and killing the assailant after he himself had just been wounded. Be aware, it is graphic and you may find it disturbing.
Below is a partial account of what went down, per New Mexico State Police. Scroll down to read the entire post.
On February 4, 2021, a New Mexico State Police Officer stationed in Deming, NM was assisting Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The officer initiated a traffic stop on a white Chevrolet pickup truck on Interstate 10 eastbound, near mile marker 101 east of Deming, New Mexico.
During the traffic stop, the driver identified as Omar Felix Cueva (39) fired at least one shot at New Mexico State Police Officer Darian Jarrott. Officer Jarrott was struck and killed by gunfire.
During the pursuit…LCPD Officer utilized a Pursuit Intervention Technique maneuver. As the pickup came to a stop, Cueva exited the vehicle armed with a firearm and shot multiple rounds towards the officers and deputies. Officers from LCPD, NMSP, DASO, and USBP returned fire towards Cueva, who was struck at least once.
The wounded Las Cruces police officer was taken to University Medical Center of El Paso where he was treated and has since been released.