New Mexico State public safety officials have released disturbing patrol car dashcam video showing a violent February encounter during a traffic stop that claimed the life of a New Mexico State Police officer.
In the dashcam video, drug dealer is seen executing a cop during a routine traffic stop before he was shot dead in a hail of bullets after a 40-mile chase by other officers.
The shocking footage shows violent criminal Omar Felix Cueva, 39, stepping out of the driverâ€™s side of his Chevrolet pick-up truck with an AR-15-style rifle before firing one shot at New Mexico officer Darrian Jarrott.
Jarrott had stopped Cueva, who police say had a â€˜violent criminal historyâ€™ including drug charges involving cocaine and meth, on February 4 on the eastbound Interstate 10 between Deming and Las Cruces after noticing his windows were tinted.
After walking over to the passenger-side window of Cuevaâ€™s vehicle, the officer politely said to him: â€˜Good afternoon, sir. My name is Darrian Jarrott. Iâ€™m with New Mexico State Police. The reason for the stop is your window tint is a little too dark.â€™
Cueva then mutters something that wasnâ€™t clearly heard.
Jarrott, a father of three children whose partner was pregnant at the time of his death, says: â€˜Yeah, mind if I open the door? Or if you want to roll down the window more.â€™
In a brief conversation lasting around three minutes, the officer asks if Cueva had insurance, to which he replies â€˜yesâ€™, and confirms his name, before asking him to come over to his patrol car so he could run checks.
As Cueva opens his door, Jarrott saw his rifle and asked, â€˜You have a firearm on you, do you mind if I take that off you, for my own safety?â€™
The officer then says, â€˜Letâ€™s go to my vehicle OKâ€™, at which point Cueva gets out from the driverâ€™s seat holding the rifle â€“ which Jarrott is unable to see because his view is blocked by the pick-up.
As both men slowly walkÂ towards his patrol car, Cueva suddenly brings out the rifle, with Jarrott shouting â€˜oh s***â€™ before being shot.
Jarrott, 28, fell to the ground, with Cueva walking over to him to shot him several more times, including once point-blank in the head before he took off in his truck.
Less than a minute after Cueva fled, a Homeland Security Investigations agent arrived on the scene and reportedly notified dispatch that Jarrott was down.
A 40-mile chase ensued, during which Cueva exchanged fire with officers from New Mexico State Police, the Cruces Police Department, the Dona Ana County Sheriffâ€™s Office, and US Border Patrol.
Tire deflation devices and other maneuvers were eventually used to force the fleeing vehicle off the highway, and there was a final exchange of gunfire in which Cueva was killed andÂ surrounded by armed troopers aiming their weapons at him.
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