ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — An Alamogordo police officer was killed Friday after an exchange of gunfire with a suspect.
Alamogordo police identified the officer as Clint Corvinus, 33, a four-year veteran of the force. Authorities said he is survived by his parents, girlfriend and an 8-year-old daughter.
Alamogordo Police Chief Daron Syling said the suspect, Joseph Moreno, 38, also was fatally shot during the incident near a trailer park in Alamogordo.
Flags were flown at half-staff at the Alamogordo Police Department after the shootout and mourners left flowers outside the building as law enforcement and members of the state’s congressional delegation issued statements in support of the fallen officer’s colleagues and families.
Corvinus, on patrol as a field training officer Friday morning, was with another officer when they encountered Moreno. He led the officers on a foot pursuit before gunfire erupted, authorities said.
Moreno was pronounced dead at the scene. Corvinus was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:18 a.m., police said.
Police said Moreno had a lengthy criminal history, and online court records showed he was scheduled for trial in December on drug charges.
Corvinus’ death marks the second fatal shooting of a police officer in a rural area of the state in less than a month.
“I am again so very saddened to see that yet another courageous law enforcement officer has been killed in the line of duty,” Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement. “The violence against our police officers has to end, and we must do everything we can to stand up for those who put their lives on the line every single day to protect us.”
Contributing: The Associated Press