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A suspect was killed and a New Mexico State Police officer was shot in the leg during a shootout in Albuquerque early Sunday morning, according to State Police.
New Mexico State Police Deputy Chief Robert Eshom said the officer, who has not been identified, stopped a blue Honda sedan for speeding on southbound Interstate 25 near Avenida Cesar Chavez around 2 a.m. and got into an altercation with a passenger in the vehicle.
“It is a stark reminder of the dangers officers face when they put on their uniforms – never knowing what each traffic stop will bring,” Eshom said during a press conference broadcast over Periscope. “This is definitely an eye-opener for all of us, and it’s something none of us want to face in our careers, but we know the danger is there. Our officers diligently go out and perform their duties relentlessly and without hesitation.”