Police Officer, Suspect Shot and Killed During Pursuit in New Mexico

Joseph Moreno, the suspect in a shootout in New Mexico, is shown in a booking photo. (Credit: CNN)

Joseph Moreno, the suspect in a shootout in New Mexico, is shown in a booking photo. (Credit: CNN)

A police officer was killed when gunfire erupted as he pursued a suspect on foot in southern New Mexico, authorities said.

Officer Clint Corvinus, 33, of the Alamogordo Police Department, was fatally shot Friday while he and another officer chased down the suspect, who was also shot dead during the incident.

Corvinus was on a routine foot patrol with another officer in Alamogordo when they met Joseph Moreno, police said in a statement.

Officer Clint Corvinus of the Alamogordo Police Department is shown in a department photo. (Credit: CNN)

Officer Clint Corvinus of the Alamogordo Police Department is shown in a department photo. (Credit: CNN)

“Officers made contact with Mr. Moreno, a foot pursuit resulted from this contact,” police said. “At some point during the foot pursuit, shots were fired. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Corvinus was hit by gunfire during the incident and was taken to hospital, where he later died.

Authorities did not provide details on why they made contact with Moreno, who had a criminal history that included a felon in possession of a deadly weapon, aggravated residential burglary and escape from custody, police said. He also had three active arrest warrants, authorities said.

Corvinus was a 4-year veteran of the Alamogordo Police Department.

The desert town of Alamogordo is home to about 31,000 people.

This is the latest incident of a police shooting in the state in less than a month. Three weeks ago, Officer Jose Chavez was shot during a traffic stop in Hatch. Three suspects were arrested in that shooting.