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New Mexico police officer, suspect killed during pursuit

By Daniel Uria
Alamogordo police officer Clint Corvinus, 33, was shot and killed while pursing a suspect on foot. Corvinus died of gunshot wounds in a local hospital and the suspect, who was also shot, died on the scene. 
 Photo by <a class="tpstyle" href="https://www.facebook.com/AlamogordoPoliceDepartment/photos/pcb.845567238876219/845566902209586/?type=3&theater">Alamogordo Police Department/Facebook</a>
Alamogordo police officer Clint Corvinus, 33, was shot and killed while pursing a suspect on foot. Corvinus died of gunshot wounds in a local hospital and the suspect, who was also shot, died on the scene. Photo by Alamogordo Police Department/Facebook

ALAMOGORDO, N.M., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A New Mexico police officer and the suspect he was chasing were killed in a shootout, police said.

Alamogordo Police Officer Clint Corvinus, 33, died after being shot while chasing suspect Joseph Moreno, who was also shot and killed, according to the Alamogordo Daily News., CNN reported

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Investigators said Corvinus encountered Moreno, 38, during a routine foot patrol with another officer when the pursuit began.

"Officers made contact with Mr. Moreno, a foot pursuit resulted from this contact," police said. "At some point during the foot pursuit, shots were fired. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene."

Moreno had an extensive criminal history including possession of a deadly weapon, aggravated residential burglary and escape from custody, police said. He had three active arrest warrants, according to police. Police did not disclose further details about the chase and shooting.

According to KOAT, Corvinus was a field training officer, father to an 8-year-old daughter and had been with the department for four years.

"I am again so very saddened to see that yet another courageous law enforcement officer has been killed in the line of duty. I ask all New Mexicans to keep this brave officer's family and friends in their thoughts and prayers," 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."

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