This is the second a violent drug seller jumped out of his truck and shot a father-of-three cop dead throughout a routine visitors cease earlier than dying in a hail of bullets after a 40-mile chase.
Sickening footage exhibits violent felony Omar Felix Cueva, 39, stepping out of the motive force’s facet of his Chevrolet pick-up truck with an AR-15-style rifle earlier than firing one shot at New Mexico officer Darrian Jarrott over the rear of the car.
Jarrott, 28, fell to the bottom, at which level Cueva walked over to him and him a number of extra instances, together with as soon as point-blank within the head. He then took off in his truck on a 40-mile police chase that noticed him die in a hail of bullets.
Seconds earlier than the officer had requested Cueva – who was on his technique to a drug deal – handy over his rifle, which seems to have sparked his murderous act.
Sickening footage exhibits violent felony Omar Felix Cueva, 39, soar out the motive force’s facet of his Chevrolet pick-up truck with an AR-15-style rifle earlier than firing a shot at officer Darian Jarrott
Jarrott stopped Cueva, who police say had a ‘violent felony historical past’ together with medication fees involving cocaine and meth, on February 4 on the eastbound Interstate 10 between Deming and Las Cruces after noticing his home windows have been tinted.
After strolling over to the passenger-side window of Cueva’s white pick-up, footage exhibits the officer saying politely: ‘Good afternoon, sir. My title is Darrian Jarrott. I’m with New Mexico State Police. The purpose for the cease is your window tint is a bit too darkish.’
Jarrott was described by colleagues as a ‘hero’
Cueva then mutters one thing intelligible – lapel and patrol automotive video launched by police exhibits.
Jarrott, a father of three babies whose companion was pregnant on the time of his dying, says: ‘Yeah, thoughts if I open the door? Or if you wish to roll down the window extra.’
In a quick dialog lasting round three minutes, the officer asks if Cueva had insurance coverage, to which he replies ‘sure’, and confirms his title, earlier than asking the felony to return over to his patrol automotive so he might run checks.
Cueva opens his door, at which level Jarrott notices his rifle and requested, ‘You have a firearm on you, do you thoughts if I take that off you, for my very own security?’
The officer then says, ‘Let’s go to my car OK’, at which level Cueva will get out from the motive force’s seat holding the rifle – which Jarrott is unable to see as a result of his view is blocked by the pick-up.
The second earlier than the taking pictures, displaying Cueva opening the motive force’s door of his truck with Jarrott on the opposite facet. Source: Police Activity YouTube
As each males slowly stroll parallel with one another in the direction of the patrol automotive, Cueva instantly attracts the rifle, with Jarrott shouting ‘oh s***’ earlier than being hit
The felony then shoots him a number of extra instances off the digicam and slowly pulls away, leaving the officer’s dead physique by the facet of the street (proper – obscured by pixelation)
As each males slowly stroll parallel with one another in the direction of the patrol automotive, Cueva instantly attracts the rifle, with Jarrott shouting ‘oh s***’ earlier than being hit.
The felony then shoots him a number of extra instances off the digicam and slowly pulls away, leaving the officer’s dead physique by the facet of the street.
Less than a minute after Cueva fled, a Homeland Security Investigations agent arrived on the scene and notified dispatch that Jarrott was down.
A 40-mile chase ensued, throughout which Cueva exchanged fireplace with officers from New Mexico State Police, the Cruces Police Department, the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, and US Border Patrol.
Cueva’s truck is seen reversing wildly down the freeway after being spun out by a patrol automotive.
Cueva leaps from the truck with his pistol drawn and crouches behind the hood of a police automotive as an officer kneels reverse him behind the trunk.
After a chase, Cueva leaps from his truck with his pistol drawn and crouches behind the hood of a police automotive as an officer kneels reverse him behind the trunk (left) and Cueva then backs off in the direction of his truck as an officer goals his gun over the roof of the squad automotive (proper)
Dozens of pictures are fired earlier than Cueva is ultimately seen mendacity beside the door of his truck as dozens of armed troopers crowd round aiming their weapons at him.
Las Cruces police officer Adrian De La Garza was wounded within the last shootout and was flown to the hospital by helicopter however his accidents weren’t life-threatening.
Shooter’s violent felony historical past with first arrest aged 13
The full listing of crimes for which he was discovered responsible included:
06/2000 Possession of a managed substance
09/2001 Possession of Controlled substance
10/2002 Importation of a managed substance
4/2004 Importation of Cocaine
8/2006 Fictitious Check, False verify, Burglary
3/2007 Probation Violation
3/2008 Import of a managed substance
9/2010 Possession with intent of Crystal Meth or ICE
NMSP Chief Robert Thornton fought again tears at a press convention as he mourned officer Jarrott who he referred to as ‘our fallen hero.’
Jarrott had been on the drive since 2015 after working as a Transportation Inspector for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
The chief mentioned Cueva was a person with a ‘violent felony historical past that included drug trafficking and different felonies.’
He was first arrested age 13 for vandalism, then for drug trafficking at 21, and possession with intent to distribute crystal meth at age 29.
This last arrest noticed , Cueva and two different males led police on a chase — at instances exceeding 100 miles per hour — on the interstate earlier than crashing right into a fence and fleeing into a close-by ravine, in response to the San Diego Union Tribune.
The males have been arrested and discovered to have a loaded assault rifle and a duffel bag containing 15 kilos of methamphetamine, value about $252,000.
Police haven’t but commented about what was present in Cueva’s pick-up or throughout a search of his dwelling after he killed Jarrott.
Democrat New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered flags throughout the state to fly at half-mast following the tragedy in February.
‘I’m shocked, heartbroken and enraged by the loss of this public servant. I’m praying for the native officer who was additionally shot and injured,’ the governor mentioned in a press release.
‘I’m horrified as we grieve one other life lower down, one other household crushed by mindless violence in our state.
‘Violent crime is a scourge on New Mexico, and the boys and ladies who step up and placed on the badge to guard our communities struggle it with the whole lot they have day by day.’
Cueva is seen aiming at cops behind the hood of a patrol automotive (left) and officers crowding round his physique after he was gunned down (proper) on the I-10 in New Mexico Thursday
Greg Baca, the Republican chief of the state Senate, joined the Governor in condemning the taking pictures.
‘The mindless violence gripping our state has taken the life of a faithful public servant and regulation enforcement officer,’ he mentioned in a press release.
‘Tonight, we ship our prayers and deepest condolences to the members of the family and pals of Officer Darian Jarrott.
‘Words can’t categorical the depth of gratitude we owe to those that danger their lives for our safety, and we stand with the complete regulation enforcement neighborhood in grieving this tragic loss.’
Police officer standing over Cueva’s physique after the lethal gun battle on the freeway