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Suspect sought after New Mexico State Police officer fatally shot on highway: Authorities

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(NEW MEXICO) — A New Mexico State Police officer was shot and killed on a highway, authorities said Friday.

A suspect in the shooting remains at-large and may have fled the scene by boarding a train heading to Texas, authorities in the state told ABC News.

The shooting occurred on Interstate 40 near mile marker 320, near Tucumcari in eastern New Mexico, according to state police.

State police released photos of the suspect in the shooting and said he was last seen on foot on the I-40 Frontage Road at milepost 304, between Montoya and Newkirk, police said.

“The suspect is armed and dangerous, do not approach, call 911 immediately,” New Mexico State Police said on social media.


The suspect may currently be in the Texas Panhandle region, according to authorities in Hartley County, Texas.

Hartley County Sheriff Chanze Fowler told ABC News that the unidentified suspect may have fled the scene of the shooting by boarding a train and may currently be located in the Dalhart area.

Details on the incident are limited at this time, state police said. The name of the officer killed has not been released.

The suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans, a tan Carhartt jacket and either a red or brown hoodie, authorities said.

Anyone with information is asked to call New Mexico State Police.

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