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 also shows violent criminal Omar Felix Cueva, 39, stepping out of the driver’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 ‘violent criminal history’ 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 Cueva’s vehicle, the officer politely said to him: ‘Good afternoon, sir. My name is Darrian Jarrott. I’m with New Mexico State Police. The reason for the stop is your window tint is a little too dark.’
Cueva then mutters something that wasn’t clearly heard.
Jarrott, a father of three children whose partner was pregnant at the time of his d£ath, says: ‘Yeah, mind if I open the door? Or if you want to roll down the window more.’
In a brief conversation lasting around three minutes, the officer asks if Cueva had insurance, to which he replies ‘yes’; 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, ‘You have a firearm on you, do you mind if I take that off you, for my own safety?’
The officer then says, ‘Let’s go to my vehicle OK’, at which point Cueva gets out from the driver’s seat holding the rifle; which Jarrott is unable to see because his view is blocked by the pick-up.
As both men slowly walk towards his patrol car, Cueva suddenly brings out the rifle; with Jarrott shouting ‘oh s***’ before being shot.
Jarrott, 28, fell to the ground, with Cueva walking over to him to shoot 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. They 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 Sheriff’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 and surrounded by armed troopers aiming their weapons at him.