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Gunman Fires on Jicarilla Tribal Officers

SANTA FE, N.M. — Tribal police, sheriff’s deputies and the State Police are on the scene and part of U.S. Highway 64 is closed in northern New Mexico this evening after a man opened fire on Jicarilla Apache officers earlier in the day, according to Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jake Arnold.

Arnold said a man driving a “bobtail” delivery truck fired on the tribal officers in Dulce, apparently without provocation, about 2 p.m. and officers returned fire. The truckdriver then drove east out of Dulce, and then onto a county road, where he abandoned the truck. The scene is off Jicarilla land.

The man has a pistol and a rifle and told a resident in the area “he wants to die in a hail of bullets from law enforcement officers,” Arnold said.

“We don’t think he’s wounded,” Arnold said shortly after 6 p.m.

He said the gunman has fled to a ridgetop where there are no structures. “It’s wilderness.” Arnold said.
U.S. 64 from the U.S 84 junction west to Dulce is closed, he said.


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