An Alamogordo Police Officer was shot and killed in the line of duty on Friday; Officer Clint Corvinus, a 4 ½ year veteran of the force.
Alamogordo Police Chief Daron Syling says two uniformed officers were conducting routine patrol in Alamogordo, when they encountered 38-year-old Joseph Moreno, and chased him on foot.
“At some point during the foot pursuit shots were fired,” Syling said. “The suspect Joseph Moreno was pronounced dead at the scene. Joseph Moreno had three active warrants for his arrest. During the incident Officer Clint Corvinus, 33 years of age, was struck by gunfire.”
Corvinus was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. He is survived by his parents, an 8-year-old daughter, and girlfriend.
Chief Syling says there are no know additional suspects, but law enforcement remains vigilant.
“The high presence of tactical teams to include police helicopters were requested,” Syling said. “Following direct threats made against law enforcement by known associates of the suspect. There are no additional suspects at this time.”
Alamogordo Mayor Richard Boss says he was saddened by the incident and offered his condolences and gratitude to Officer Corvinus’ family.
“Living in a small town near the foothills of the Sacramento Mountains,” Boss said. “And away from the chaos of the big city life, we sometimes forget the potential violence and hazards our police officers face on a daily basis.”
He also offered his sympathy to the family of the suspect of Joseph Moreno.
Alamogordo Resident Paul Olivent left flowers at the Police Station and paid his respects to Officer Corvinus.
“It’s senseless,” Olivent said. “Those guys do such a good job in this city, and all around the country. They do a great job.”
Police Chief Daron Syling says residents will not see a lapse in police coverage, and local surrounding agencies will be responding to calls to give the department time to grieve.
“Obviously it is a tragic loss for us,” Syling said. “We will hold the line. And we will honor our officer.”
The shooting comes less than a month after Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez was shot and killed during a traffic stop.