Flags ordered at half-staff for officer killed in line of duty


Last updated 2/6/2021 at 4:01pm

SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday afternoon ordered all flags to half-staff in the state until sundown Tuesday in mourning for an officer killed in the line of duty.

A Friday release said that New Mexico State Police Officer Darian Jarrott was killed Thursday on Interstate 10.

“Officer Jarrott was a dedicated member of the State Police, a young man with so much potential, a father and a son and a public servant, a member of his community whose loss we cannot yet even begin to measure,” Lujan Grisham said in a Friday release. “This is a tragedy. I have every confidence in his colleagues in law enforcement continuing to investigate this incident and to get all the facts to the public. I join New Mexico and the New Mexico State Police community in grieving this senseless loss, another New Mexican cut down by gun violence, and I am praying for Officer Jarrott’s family and friends and for all first responders who put their lives on the line to keep us safe every single day.”

According to an NMSP release, Jarrott was shot after initiating a traffic stop near mile marker 101 east of Deming. A pursuit was initiated against Omar Felix Cueva, identified in the release as the shooter. Officers engaged in a pursuit with Cueva that covered nearly 40 miles before a firefight ensued that left Cueva with fatal gunshot injuries.

One Las Cruces police officer was struck by gunfire, according to the NMSP release The officer was airlifted to a trauma hospital in Texas where he was treated and released for injuries believed to be non-life threatening.

Jarrott had served with the NMSP since July 2015, and was first certified as a law enforcement officer in December 2014.


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