NYS Trooper dies 3 years after he was hit by distracted driver

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Trooper Joseph Gallagher was hit by a vehicle in December 2017 when he stopped to help another driver who had broken down and passed from his injuries Friday, March 26, 2021.

Acting Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen announced Trooper Gallagher's line-of-duty death on Saturday.

Trooper Gallagher, who was 35 at the time of the crash, was hit on an overpass leading to the Long Island Expressway near Brentwood on December 18, 2017. 

State Police say Trooper Gallagher had stopped to help a motorist who had broken down. He was setting up emergency flares in the road when he was hit.  

Trooper Gallagher is originally from South Buffalo and later lived in West Seneca. He joined the State Police in 2014. 

He was most recently assigned to Troop L, which covers Nassau and Suffolk counties. He also worked in Troop T (Thruway) and Troop F.

After the crash in 2017, his uncle, William Gallagher, of Buffalo, posted on Facebook that his nephew was a rescue helicopter pilot for the Coast Guard in Detroit before he joined the State Police. 

Trooper Gallagher is survived by his wife, two children, parents, and siblings.

Trooper Gallagher died on the same date New York State Police suffered another loss 10 years ago. Trooper Kevin Dobson, of SP Clarence, was killed on March 26, 2011 while conducting a traffic stop on the 290 in Tonawanda.

Members of the State Police honored Trooper Dobson Friday with a special ceremony at the barracks in Clarence.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday ordered flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff in his memory, starting Sunday.

"Trooper Gallagher is a hero to all New Yorkers — he dedicated his life to public service and worked to keep us safe," Governor Cuomo said in a statement.

"His tragic passing is a reminder of the selfless actions so many brave first responders take each day. We will never forget him, and to honor his memory, I am directing flags be flown at half-staff to honor his memory."   


Illinois State Police Trooper killed in crash

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An Illinois State Police Trooper is dead after a single-car crash Thursday morning.

Around 10:42 a.m., ISP says Trooper Todd Hanneken was on duty and crashed his squad car into a pole and then hit a tree.

Trooper Hanneken was airlifted to a hospital where he later died around 11:45 a.m..

“It is with profound heartache and unfathomable sadness that I inform you of the death of Trooper Todd Hanneken. We are asking the public to respectfully give consideration to the family of Trooper Hanneken and the ISP while we grieve and work through this tragedy,” stated Director Brendan Kelly.

It is unclear what caused Trooper Hanneken's squad car to crash, police are still investigating.

Trooper Hanneken was a 20-year veteran of the ISP. The 45-year-old is survived by his wife, Shelley, two sons a mother and a father who is a retired ISP Trooper.


Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper, Cleveland Police officers honored for saving elderly couple from house fire

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Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Hiram Morales and Cleveland Division of Police Officers Molly Madaras and Cory Rose were honored Tuesday for their heroic actions during a January house fire.

Trooper Morales was given the Superintendent's Citation of Merit. Officers Madaras and Rose were presented with a Certificate of Recognition at the Patrol's Cleveland District Headquarters.

On Jan. 23, 2021, a resident told Trooper Morales that there was a house fire in the 3700 block of W. 47th St. in Cleveland. Residents also told the trooper that there was a man in a wheelchair who lived in the house next to the burning home.

The fire was spreading rapidly, so Trooper Morales entered the home. That's when he saw an elderly woman trying to help and elderly man, whose wheelchair had gotten stuck in the doorway. Trooper Morales was able to guide the couple outside, giving them instructions in Spanish because they were not proficient in English.

As that was happening, Cleveland Officers Madaras and Rose also arrived on scene, and assisted in getting the couple out of the home and to safety.


55 Troopers Graduate, as 75 Recruits Begin Next Academy; State Police Seek Applicants for Next Class


With hundreds of trooper vacancies due to continued attrition, the Michigan State Police (MSP) Recruiting and Selection Section and Training Division remain busy. On Thursday, 55 troopers graduated from the 138th Trooper Recruit School, which was quickly followed by the start of the 139th Trooper Recruit School on Sunday, March 7.

During a virtual graduation ceremony on March 4, in which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was the keynote speaker, Col. Joe Gasper administered the Oath of Office to 55 new troopers, who this week start their assignments at MSP posts across the state.

“I’m honored to recognize the 55 graduates of the 138th Trooper Recruit School as they join the ranks of the Michigan State Police and begin a career serving the people of Michigan,” said Whitmer. “Public service is both an honor and a calling, and I know that these new troopers will commit themselves to keeping our communities safe and step up to serve our state in times of need. Together, we will create a safer and more just Michigan for all.”

The 138th Trooper Recruit School began on Sept. 8, 2020, at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. Recruits received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, cultural diversity and implicit bias, decision making, leadership, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.

Tpr. Anthony Hoffman was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits and spoke on behalf of the graduating class at their ceremony. In addition, Trooper Hoffman also received the Team Building Award. Other award recipients included Tpr. Janice Dixon who received the Outstanding Performance and Academic Achievement awards and Tpr. Zachary Smith who received the Marksmanship Award.

“We celebrate adding these 55 women and men to the Michigan State Police family,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP. “I’m excited to see them start a rewarding career serving those who live in Michigan and visit our wonderful state.”

Including the 55 graduates of the 138th Trooper Recruit School, there are approximately 1,225 troopers assigned statewide, and a total of 1,900 enlisted members in the MSP.

The 139th Trooper Recruit School began on March 7, at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing with 75 prospective troopers. They are expected to graduate on Aug. 20, 2021.

With a goal of achieving a strength of 2,100 enlisted members, the MSP is actively recruiting for future trooper recruit schools. Persons interested in learning more about a career with the MSP should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for information on how to apply. 

Applications are now being accepted for the 140th Trooper Recruit school.

Contact: Ms. Lori Dougovito, Public Affairs Section, 517-281-9586


Child Seat Safety Event

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TAMPA, Fla. – All 50 states and U.S. territories have laws requiring children to be secured in car seats or booster seats while riding in vehicles. However, some parents and guardians may find it difficult to locate and afford a car seat for their child. Recognizing a need for children of the Tampa Bay area, Suncoast Credit Union has teamed with the American Association of State Troopers and the Florida Highway Patrol to purchase child restraints and booster seats for parents in need of these critical safety tools. Additionally, with nearly 50% of child restraints installed incorrectly, members of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital are also teaming up with the Florida Highway Patrol to ensure the seats are properly employed by drivers. To announce this exciting partnership, the Florida Highway Patrol will host a media event at Troop C Headquarters, 11305 North McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 10:00 AM.

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Do you know Florida law? Knowing the following information and tips can help you travel safely with little ones. Child restraint requirements: Every operator of a motor vehicle, while transporting a child in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state, shall, if the child is 5 years of age or younger, provide for protection of the child by properly using a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device. For children aged through 3 years, such restraint device must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat. For children aged 4 through 5 years, a separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or a child booster seat may be used.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: providing A Safer Florida by securely maintaining the records of more than 19 million registered vehicles and over 15 million licensed drivers, as well as providing safe travel along Florida’s highways. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit

www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @F LHSMV or find us on Facebook.

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North Carolina State Trooper dies after fighting Covid-19


A member of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol has died following a battle of COVID-19.

Authorities said Master Trooper James “Brent” Montgomery was a "friend, brother and dedicated public servant" and served in Troop C, District 4 (Vance, Warren and Franklin Counties). According to ABC affiliate WTVD, Montgomery had been battling COVID-19 since February; Troopers escorted his body from Duke University Hospital to Granville County Tuesday.

Community members are asked to keep his wife, Heather, and their three children in their thoughts and prayers, as well as other members of Troop C, District 4.

"The overwhelming support of the Montgomery family by the Patrol, the people of Vance County and strangers from all over the country is a true reflection of Brett’s dedication to serving and protecting those in need,"a Facebook post from Highway Patrol read.

Arrangements for his celebration have not yet been announced, but officials said mourning bands will be worn in honor of Montgomery until 11:59 p.m. on the day of his funeral.

Read the full post from Colonel Glenn M. McNeill, Jr., below:

Dear Patrol Family,

As a Patrol family, our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy and a sense of loss as we have lost a friend, brother and a dedicated public servant with the passing of Master Trooper James “Brent” Montgomery, C-440. Brent was a true warrior who fought a courageous battle against COVID-19 with the love and support of his wife Heather, and their three children; Jabe, Collin and Emma. The overwhelming support of the Montgomery family by the Patrol, the people of Vance County and strangers from all over the country is a true reflection of Brett’s dedication to serving and protecting those in need.

Arrangements related to Brent’s celebration of life ceremony will be provided in the near future once the Montgomery family finalizes plans. In the interim, effective tonight, mourning bands shall be worn in honor of Brent until 11:59 pm on the day of Brent’s funeral.

Please continue to keep the entire Montgomery family and members of Troop C, District 4 in your thoughts and prayers during this time of great loss. May God provide peace, comfort, and courage during their time of sorrow.

Most sincerely,

Colonel Glenn M. McNeill, Jr.

To view story go to: https://wcti12.com/news/state-news/state-trooper-dies-after-fighting-covid-19


Ohio State Trooper talks about rescuing man from car in freezing water after crash


An Ohio State Trooper is being credited with saving the life of a passenger after a driver crashed over an embankment while fleeing police.

Trooper Shane Meyer tried to pull over a Dodge Charger Tuesday morning around 1:30 a.m. after it blew a red light. The trooper's dashboard camera shows the car accelerate on Route 4 in Hamilton, briefly going out of view of the trooper.

The car left the road, crashing over an embankment, estimated to be at least a 50-foot drop.

"I wasn't actively pursuing, and I wasn't going to throughout the city," Meyer said. "Then I realized the damage that was done on the tree line, so I went running over there and that's when I observed the vehicle on its top in the water."

Out of view of his cruiser's camera, Meyer made his way down the embankment he said was muddy, steep and slick.

"The only thing going through my mind was, 'I need to try to get whoever is in this car out.' I could tell they were in about 2 to 4 foot of water and the top portion of the passenger cabin was completely submerged," Meyer said.

You can hear someone screaming for help and saying, 'I can't breathe' in audio from the incident.

Meyer said the 19-year-old driver was wiggling out of the back seat of the car on his own but the 20-year-old passenger was trapped and saying he could not feel his legs.

"They had to be ejected through the rear windshield and were partially trapped under the trunk. At which point, I was able to get to him. He was struggling to keep his head above water as he was belly down," Meyer said."I was afraid that he would have died if I wouldn't have been there. It probably would have been a while before they were found."

Troopers said the driver, 19-year-old Logan Morris from Hamilton, admitted he drank a lot of alcohol before crashing. The car had been stolen out of Hamilton shortly before the crash. Morris is facing numerous charges and remains in the Butler County Jail.

OSHP is consulting the prosecutor's office about possible charges for the passenger.

The trooper who saved him said he has never been put in a similar situation but is glad he was there. "It's what I signed up to do. It's what I enjoy doing. It's another day's work really," Meyer said.

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California Highway Patrol almost Fooled by Fake Passenger

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California Highway Patrol officers in Los Angeles County were so impressed with a dummy in a passenger seat they posted it on Facebook. For years people have tried to pass off dummies in the passenger seat to be able to drive in the HOV lane (High-Occupancy Vehicle) to get around traffic. On Wednesday, CHP Officer S. Sullinger pulled a truck over because he could not see if there was a passenger due to the tinted windows. When he got to the passenger side, he got suspicious when the "man" didn't move at all and realized it was a manikin. It was so realistic; it even had sunglasses in its shirt pocket and work boots on. The driver wasn't talking much, so they don't know where it came from. The driver told the officer he had been driving with it for over a year. “Nice try, driver. Here’s your ticket!” An HOV lane violation ticket is a minimum $490 fine.


New York State Trooper Saves Woman from Fire


Earlier this month a Machias-based state police trooper was dispatched to a 911 call of a woman trapped inside a home that was on fire along Route 16. Trooper Joseph Butler Jr., who at first had difficulty finding the house, arrived after midnight on Feb. 12. A state police spokesman, Trooper James O’Callaghan, said the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher had reported the caller said she was trapped inside the residence. The house was on fire when Butler arrived. Finding the door locked, the trooper forced it open and began to look for the occupant in thick smoke. “He followed her voice, located her in the smoke and wheeled her out of the home in her wheelchair,” O’Callaghan said. The Machias Fire Department arrived about this time, finding the house engulfed in flames. “She’s alive and well due to (Butler’s) efforts,” O’Callaghan said. “If he had waited until the fire department arrived, it might have been too late.” O’Callaghan added, “Trooper Butler’s selfless act to enter the home no doubt saved the woman’s life. Not long after the home was engulfed in flames.”



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Texas DPS Recognizes Lifesaving Actions

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The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) along with Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented one Purple Heart and eight Lifesaving Awards to members of the Texas Highway Patrol at the PSC meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the DPS Headquarters in Austin.

“The Texas Highway Patrol has highly-trained, outstanding men and women who embody the DPS motto of courtesy, service, protection, while doing extraordinary things on a daily basis,” McCraw said. “I’m proud to recognize the DPS Troopers today who selflessly went into dangerous situations in order to serve people throughout Texas, saving lives in the process. It’s a privilege to recognize them for their heroic actions.”

The following DPS personnel were recognized at the Thursday meeting:

Sgt. Jerrod Burtnett, Highway Patrol — Lubbock, received a Purple Heart for his actions on Dec. 27, 2019. Burtnett, then a Trooper, was investigating a series of crashes due to zero visibility fog in Lubbock County. Burtnett had just finished checking on a bystander along the side of the road, when a fast moving tractor-trailer lost control and struck another vehicle. The tractor-trailer went into the ditch, hitting more vehicles as well as Burtnett, causing him serious injury. After a series of surgeries, he continues to improve. Burtnett was presented a Purple Heart in recognition of his courageous service and personal sacrifice. 

Trooper Jeremy Amis, Highway Patrol — Waco, received a Lifesaving Award for his actions on April 15, 2020. Amis overheard radio traffic from the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office about a possible suicidal person in Lorena and went to the scene. Upon arrival, he found the person with a knife to his throat. When the person asked for a cigarette, the Trooper located a cigarette and lighter, tossing both just far enough away that he had to move. When the subject went to light the cigarette, he lowered the knife. Amis seized the chance and was able to pin the person’s wrists to the ground, while other officers removed the knife and took him into custody.

Trooper Chad Brooks, Highway Patrol — Pampa, received a Lifesaving Award for his actions on Aug. 29, 2020. Brooks was eating at a café when he heard a commotion at a nearby table. Brooks saw a 2-year-old boy choking and the child closed his eyes and went limp. Brooks immediately jumped up and asked the mother for the child and laid him facedown over his leg, striking the boy on his back. As a result, a large piece of food was ultimately dislodged from the little boy’s mouth, and he took a gasp of air and began to cry. Brooks ensured the child was alright before returning him to his mother.

Trooper Roy Haley, Highway Patrol — McKinney, received a Lifesaving Award for his actions on Jan. 20, 2020, when he responded to a domestic disturbance in Collin County. An elderly woman had been stabbed by her son. Haley saw she was losing a significant amount of blood due to the wound in her arm, so he removed the woman’s jacket and applied a tourniquet from his duty belt. Noticing a wound to the woman’s neck, he used gauze from another officer on the scene and applied pressure, which helped reduce the blood loss. The woman was taken by EMS to a local hospital, where she fully recovered.

Trooper Samuel Perez, Highway Patrol — Mission, received a Lifesaving Award for his actions on Aug. 2, 2020, when he attempted a traffic stop on two people on an ATV. The driver refused to stop and continued at a high rate of speed, passing other vehicles illegally. Eventually, the driver lost control and crashed, causing him and his passenger to be ejected. The driver suffered a large wound on his left arm that was bleeding extensively. Perez immediately applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. The tourniquet likely saved the man’s arm and possibly his life.

Trooper William Robbins, Highway Patrol — Greenville, and Trooper Cody Sagnibene, Highway Patrol — Greenville, each received a Lifesaving Award for their actions on Aug. 8, 2020. The two Troopers were called to assist the Royce City Police Department after a motorcycle crashed into a guardrail. When Robbins and Sagnibene arrived they found the motorcyclist’s foot was severed. At this point, there had not been any pressure applied to the injured leg. Sagnibene and Robbins worked together to apply a tourniquet and provide medical treatment until EMS arrived.

Trooper (Jonathan) Daniel Britton, Highway Patrol — Queen City, and Trooper Wayne Johnson, Highway Patrol — Linden, each received a Lifesaving Award for their actions on April 5, 2020. Johnson was informed by the Atlanta Police Dispatch that a woman was in cardiac arrest near a Texas/Louisiana COVID-19 checkpoint on U.S. 77. Johnson phoned Britton, who was able to locate an elderly woman who wasn’t breathing and had no pulse. Britton began chest compressions until Johnson arrived; then together, they continued lifesaving measures. The woman eventually regained a pulse and began breathing. EMS arrived and took her to a hospital. She was expected to make a full recovery.Line


Washington State Trooper Killed in an Avalanche

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A veteran Washington state trooper was killed in an avalanche while snowmobiling Monday, according to authorities. Rescuers recovered the body of Steve Houle, 51, around 7 p.m. after an avalanche hours earlier buried him and another snowmobiler near the French Cabin Creek area, Kittitas County Sheriff Clayton Myers said in a press release. The other person was able to dig himself out and call for help at the nearby French Cabin Sno-Park in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, according to the sheriff. “On behalf of the Sheriff’s Office, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Trooper Houle’s family, friends and the Washington State Patrol,” Myers said in a press release. “This is a tragic accident and will be felt hard in our close-knit law enforcement community.” NBC News affiliate KING reported that Houle was riding a snow bike, which is a narrower snowmobile, at the time of the avalanche around midday Monday. On social media, Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste called Houle "a great person and an excellent employee, loved and respected by us all." "We hold his memory and his family close to our hearts in this painfully sad time," Batiste said. Trooper John Bryant told KING that Houle was "someone you can count on." "The fact that next time he's not going to be around, it's hard to imagine," Bryant continued. KING reporter Vanessa Misciagna posted a video showing a police and rescue vehicle escort for Houle's body. Houle had been with the Washington State Patrol for 28 years, the agency said. According to the Northwest Avalanche Center, the area is currently under a "considerable" avalanche warning. In a post Sunday, the center said the avalanche danger in Kittitas County was high. The Washington state avalanche occurred just days after another deadly snowslide killed four Utah skiers, according to NBC News. Since the start of the month, over a dozen people have been killed by avalanches in the U.S., according to the Northwest Avalanche Center's count. "We ask that you be patient, read the forecast, and choose terrain in line with current conditions," the Avalanche Center said. The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office, which is handling the investigation, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.



FHP Trooper Killed in the Line of Duty Honored again a Year Later


One year ago, a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper went to work on the Treasure Coast like he did for 19 years. The morning of Feb. 5, 2020, Trooper Joseph Bullock helped a disabled motorist on the side of I-95 in Martin County, who would end up shooting and killing Bullock. Dozens of law enforcement officers, state and community leaders, and family members celebrated the life of Trooper Bullock once again on Friday and unveiled a host of dedications in his honor. "On the morning of February 5, 2020, we mourned the loss of our son. Today, February 5, 2021, we celebrate Joe’s life," said Jon Bullock, Trooper Bullock’s father. Bullock was and is the only law enforcement officer to have been killed in the line of duty in Martin County. A dedication ceremony showed his loved ones how much his sacrifice still means. “It’s all been very humbling and very heart warming,” Jon Bullock said. “We have good days and bad days like anybody else." FHP leadership unveiled a roadway designation sign to be located between mile markers 105 and 110 where Bullock was killed, designating the stretch of roadway as the Trooper Joseph Bullock Memorial Highway. They also revealed an image of the newly renamed FHP Fort Pierce station, in Bullock’s honor. “I can’t even state how much that he really does deserve all this,” said FHP Sgt. Mellow Scheetz, who worked with Bullock for 13 years. Investigators with the 19th Judicial Circuit raised money for a tree and monument at the FHP station in Fort Pierce. Bullock’s Troop L colleagues also raised money for a monument, “There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t think of him,” Sgt. Scheetz said. The ceremony and remembrance come at a time of tense law enforcement scrutiny, though Martin County Sheriff William Snyder praised all of the law enforcement officers for their efforts to bring peace to the community. “There’s an infinite amount of good that you do,” Snyder said. Jon Bullock also used to work in law enforcement. “We are fortunate that there are people who still want to go into law enforcement. That have a passion for it,” Bullock said. He hopes the community continues to honor his son’s sacrifice by continuing to support law enforcement. “I would like the public to honor my son by supporting the law enforcement that’s out in their community. There’s still risk out there, there’s still danger. There’s still work to do,” Bullock said



Funeral to Be Held for Ohio State Trooper of Died From COVID-19

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Funeral services will be held Friday for State Trooper Bradley “Brad” Huffman, 56, of Xenia who died of COVID complications in January. The patrol says Huffman, a 23-year trooper, and Army veteran, died January 20 after two weeks in the hospital. Huffman most recently served with the Piqua District Commercial Enforcement Unit, but colleagues tell WHIO-TV, he spent most of his career at the Xenia Patrol Post. Visitations will be from 10am-12pm at Xenia Nazarene Church, followed by a memorial service at 12pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Xenia Nazarene Church in his memory. Condolences may be made to the family at www.NeeldFuneralHome.com



New Mexico State Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty

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A New Mexico State Police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Interstate 10 near Deming on Thursday. Darian Jarrott, 28, a New Mexico State police officer, stationed in Deming, New Mexico was assisting Homeland Security Investigators. Jarrott conducted a traffic stop on a white Chevrolet pickup truck on I-10 eastbound, near mile marker 101 east of Deming, New Mexico. During the traffic stop, the driver identified as 39-year-old Omar Felix Cueva fired at least one shot at Jarrott. Jarrott was struck and killed by gunfire. An HSI agent arrived on the scene and notified New Mexico State Police dispatch that an officer was down. A broadcast of the shooting was issued throughout the state and to local agencies. A New Mexico State police officer saw Cueva driving east on I-10 near mile marker 116. Cueva pulled over at the exit and fired at New Mexico State Police officers - officers returned gunfire. A pursuit was initiated as Cueva continued to evade officers. During the pursuit, other New Mexico State Police officers used a tire deflation device which blew the tire on Cueva's pickup truck near the Picacho exit on I-10 and near milepost 135 by Las Cruces, NM. Cueva continued driving on the interstate with Las Cruces and New Mexico state police, Dona Ana County Sheriff's deputies and Border Patrol following. Video of the suspect in a shoot-out with law enforcement was recorded by a witness, Austin Contreras. Authorities used a pursuit intervention technique maneuver to stop Jarrott's pickup truck. The chase ended in Las Cruces. Cueva got out of the pickup truck and fired a weapon at law enforcement - they returned fire, killing Cueva. The video obtained by KFOX14 was edited to not show the graphic footage. Officers rendered aid to Cueva until emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene. Cueva died at the scene. One Las Cruces Police officer was struck by gunfire. The officer was airlifted to a trauma hospital where he was treated and later released. Jarrott began his career as a Transportation Inspector with NMDPS. He was certified as a law enforcement officer in December of 2014 and worked with the former Motor Transportation Division of NMDPS. In July of 2015, he was sworn in as a New Mexico State Police officer. Jarrott leaves behind three small children and was expecting his fourth child this year. Cueva was heading to Las Cruces for a drug deal. Cueva resided in Deming, New Mexico. A search warrant is being served at the home of Cueva. He has a violent criminal history. Cueva's drug criminal charges history includes vandalism in 1994, possession of a controlled substance in 2000 and 2001, importation of a controlled substance in 2002, importation of cocaine in 2004, fictitious check, false check, burglary in 2006, probation violation in 2007, importation of a controlled substance in 2008, possession with intent of crystal meth or ICE in 2010. It’s a huge loss to us,” said Chief Robert Thornton with New Mexico State Police. “I want everybody to know I love each and every one of our officers. I-10 near Las Cruces reopened Friday morning after being closed as part of the investigation. This investigation is active and being led by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau The identities of the deputies, officers, and Border Patrol agent involved will not be released until all interviews are completed. The New Mexico State Police officers have been placed on standard leave. A police escort took place in Deming Thursday night for the fallen New Mexico State Police officer who died in the shooting in Luna County earlier in the day. Thursday's deadly shooting comes a day after a Las Cruces police officer shot at a suspect who fled in a vehicle while dragging another police officer. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced she will order all flags to half-staff in the state of New Mexico, beginning Friday, in mourning for the New Mexico State police officer who was killed in the line of duty.