Harrowing footage of shootout with New Mexico police tells whole story behind suspect’s death

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When he came face-to-face with a cop killer, one New Mexico police officer didn’t take the suspect’s evil lying down.

As previously reported, during a traffic stop on Feb. 4th, criminal suspect Omar Felix Cueva murdered New Mexico State Police officer Darian Jarrott, a father of four, by shooting him 11 times.

After a police chase shortly thereafter, a gun battle ensued, and Cueva eventually wound up dead. But what wasn’t entirely clear up until this week was how exactly the gun battle had played out.

New video footage unearthed and published Thursday by El Paso station KFOX, which also covers the Las Cruces area of New Mexico, finally answered that question.

The video specifically shows that the beginning of the end for the criminal suspect began when he tried to kill another officer, Adrian De La Garza, of the local Las Cruces Police Department.

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The video begins with Garza trying to perform a pit maneuver — a tactic that involves trying to force a fleeing vehicle to turn sideways.

After completing the maneuver, Garza rushes out of his vehicle to confront Cueva and immediately sustains a gunshot wound to the bicep that forces him to the ground.

After briefly taking cover behind his cruiser, Garza then quickly jumps back up and begins firing back like a soldier — and, in the process, delivering to Cueva the same multi-wound death that he’d inflicted on Jarrott.

Once Cueva is confirmed dead, Garza’s fellow officers come to his aid. He reportedly survived the ordeal and was “continuing to recover from his injuries” as of Thursday.

The murder of Jarrott drew widespread attention in conservative media because of how perfectly it highlighted the gross risks that police officers across the nation face every single day on the job.

Conversely, Jarrott’s murder drew only limited attention from the mainstream press. The same is true of the death of Florida police officer Jesse Madsen, who perished last month while heroically using his car to stop a drunk driver from barreling into a young woman’s car at 100 miles per hour.

Writing for National Review earlier this month, Tyler Merritt, a retired combat veteran, highlighted this discrepancy in coverage.

“Very few in the national media seem willing to say Jarrott’s or Madsen’s names on air or to speak to their stories. Their deaths have been covered locally with occasional stories posted on some online outlets, but there have been no panels or legal experts summoned to discuss them at great length on cable news,” he wrote.

“Our outrage-driven media culture doesn’t have a place for these stories. When they are acknowledged, it’s usually in passing or to highlight a problem with law-enforcement procedures, training, and now funding, but rarely (if ever) the bravery of these men and women,” he added.

It’s likely why so many Americans — including even college professors — have such a warped view of the police.

As of Friday morning, it appeared that only Fox News had picked up KFOX’s video. Other major networks apparently weren’t interested.

Garza was extremely fortunate. As of April 30th, 2021, 130 police officers have died while on duty this year, 19 of them from firearms-related fatalities, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

(Source: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund)

Just this week a New York Police Department officer, Anastasios Tsakos, died while merely trying to direct traffic on the Long Island Expressway.

According to reports, he’d been redirecting traffic after another fatal crash when a drunk driver who’d been speeding lost control of her car and rammed right into him.

The driver was later identified as Jessica Beauvais, 32, a known anti-cop zealot. She now reportedly faces charges of vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, leaving an accident resulting in death, aggravated unlicensed operator and aggravated unlicensed operator involving alcohol. She was also charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, both misdemeanors.

Meanwhile, in North Carolina, a criminal suspect killed two officers on Wednesday.

“Sgt. Chris Ward and K-9 deputy Logan Fox were among five people killed Wednesday when a shooter barricaded himself inside a home in Boone, a town about 100 miles northwest of Charlotte, according to the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office,” The Charlotte Observer reported.

“The deputies were responding to a call for a welfare check when they were shot. Two civilians and the shooter, identified as 32-year-old Isaac Alton Barnes, were also killed. The civilians killed were Barnes’ mother, 61-year-old Michelle Annette Ligon, and stepfather, 58-year-old George Wyatt Ligon,” its report continued.

This is the reality of policing in America, but for reasons that remain unclear, it’s a reality that’s rarely acknowledged by the mainstream press.

Vivek Saxena

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