Officer killed during Feb. traffic stop had asked for rifle

April 10, 2021 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Newly released information on the killing of a New Mexico State Police Officer during a Feb. 4 traffic stop indicates he was caught by surprise when a man who’d agreed to temporarily surrender a rifle instead opened fire.

Omar Felix Cueva, 39, of Deming fired at least once at Officer Darian Jarrott across the pickup truck’s bed and then fatally shot Jarrott after he ducked and fell, according to an agency statement and video excerpts released Friday.

“Cueva fired several more rounds at Officer Jarrott who was struck by gunfire and killed,” the statement said. “As Cueva ran toward the front of the truck on the passenger’s side, he shot Officer Jarrott point-blank in the back of the head.”


Authorities previously said Cueva fatally shot Jarrott after being pulled over on eastbound Interstate 10 between Deming and Las Cruces and that Cueva later died in a shootout with other officers following a pursuit.