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Governor Susana Martinez says a police officer in a New Mexico town has been killed in what marks the second on-duty death of an officer in the state in less than a month.
In a statement, the New Mexico governor said she was saddened by the officer’s death and that violence against law enforcement in the state must end.
State and local authorities responded to the shooting in Alamogordo today that happened near a residential area around 8.30 AM, the Alamogordo Daily News reports.
Authorities have not identified the officer or a suspect. They also haven’t released other details stemming from their investigation.
Later on Friday, mourners were placing flowers outside the police department in the town about 200 miles south of Albuquerque.
“I am again so very saddened to see that yet another courageous law enforcement officer has been killed in the line of duty,” Martinez said.
“The violence against our police officers has to end, and we must do everything we can to stand up for those who put their lives on the line every single day to protect us.”
The officer’s death comes three weeks after authorities say an Ohio fugitive gunned down Officer Jose Chavez during a traffic stop in Hatch, a village about 100 miles west of Alamogordo that’s known for its green chile crop.
The suspect in that shooting, Jesse Hanes, was arrested after a dramatic car pursuit, a carjacking and the shooting of a bystander whose car Hanes stole, police said.
He has been charged by Dona Ana County prosecutors with Chavez’s death.
Alamogordo, a desert city of about 31,000 people, bills itself as the “friendliest place on Earth.”
It is home to Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands National Monument.