According to recent reports from the Alamogordo Police Department, a foot chase with police in southern New Mexico ended yesterday with one officer dead, along with the suspect.
Alamogordo Police Chief Daron Syling claims the officer, 33-year-old Clint Corvinus, was struck by gunfire Friday morning and ultimately died from his injuries at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center.
The incident began with two officers on a routine patrol of the 600 block of South Florida Avenue, who made contact with a 38-year-old man named Joseph Moreno. The suspect had three active arrest warrants, including felon in possession of a deadly weapon, aggravated residential burglary, escape from custody, and several probation violations. When he attempted to flee the scene, officers pursued him.
Corvinus graduated from the local high school, and served the local police department for 4 ½ years. He also worked as a field training officer. He is survived by his parents, his girlfriend, and his eight year old daughter.
“I am again so very saddened to see that yet another courageous law enforcement officer has been killed in the line of duty,” New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said of the incident. “I ask all New Mexicans to keep this brave officer’s family and friends in their thoughts and prayers. 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.”
New Mexico authorities are still investigating the incident, but Syling assured the public that law enforcement will stand strong.
“Our officers will remain professional. They will remain diligent,” Syling said. “Our officers are called to do this duty, and we will hold the line.”