RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO — Police have arrested a person who they believe is connected to the shooting of an on-duty police officer Monday night in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Shortly after 8 p.m., a Rio Rancho police officer pulled over a man and a woman in a 1999 Dodge Durango. The suspects fled and wound up in the parking lot of the Esther Bone Memorial Library according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.
Police say someone called out “officer shot” over the radio and witness described hearing four gunshots and seeing a man giving CPR to the officer and a woman was sitting on the curb next to them.
“There was four shots, just went pop, pop, pop, pop—four real quick shots. And I was looking that direction, you know right away… it’s like, where’s it coming from, and then I looked a little bit closer to me, and then that’s when I saw the actual person giving him CPR and some dude laying on the ground,” 15-year-old Elijah Ortiz Y Pino said to KOB-TV.
The officer was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, the Rio Rancho Police Department confirmed early Tuesday morning.
Police have yet to release the name of the police officer, but said he was 49-years-old and a married father-of-five. He had been a police officer for four years and also an Air Force veteran.
No further details have been released and the Rio Rancho Police Department said this is the first time an officer has been shot and killed in the line of duty in the department’s history.
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