Officer And Suspect Dead After Shootout In New Mexico

The suspect had three active arrest warrants.

A police officer and a wanted suspect are both dead after a chase led to gunfire in New Mexico on Friday.

Authorities identified the slain officer as 33-year-old Clint Corvinus, a four-and-a-half year veteran of the Alamogordo Police Department, according to his memorial page. He is survived by his 8-year-old daughter and his parents.

Corvinus and a rookie officer he was training encountered the suspect, Joseph Moreno, early Friday morning during a traffic stop in Alamogordo, The Associated Press reported.

The 38-year-old Moreno, who had three active arrest warrants, fled on foot. A shootout ensued, leaving both the officer and suspect dead.

Moreno had a lengthy criminal history, racking up charges for drugs, burglary and firearms, according to reports.

The incident marks the second shooting death of a police officer in the state in the past month. On August 12, Hatch officer Jose Chavez was gunned down during a traffic stop.

“I am again so very saddened to see that yet another courageous law enforcement officer has been killed in the line of duty,” New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement. “I ask all New Mexicans to keep this brave officer’s family and friends in their thoughts and prayers.”