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Report: Slain officer wasn't part of plan to stop suspect

Apr 26, 2021

Credit Darian Jarrott

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials reportedly arranged with New Mexico State Police to make a traffic stop of a drug trafficker. But an officer not briefed on the plan was fatally shot when he pulled over the man instead of others who were waiting to make the stop.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that State Police records into the killing of Officer Darian Jarrott indicated that the officer knew of a “be on the lookout notice" for the trafficker, Omar Cueva. He was killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers soon after Jarrott was killed Feb. 4.

Homeland Security Investigations  officials did not immediately respond Saturday to requests for comment.