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New Mexico State Police officer killed in ‘cold blood’

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New Mexico State Police officer killed in ‘cold blood’

Albuquerque— A New Mexico State Police (NMSP) officer was fatally shot “in cold blood” early Friday morning when he offered to help the driver of a disabled vehicle, who responded by shooting the officer twice and taking off with his patrol car, authorities said.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Jaremy Smith, 32, of Marion, South Carolina, the “armed and dangerous” man wanted in the apparent ambush on Interstate 40 that killed Trooper Justin Hare, State Police said. Mexico.

“On a cold, dark, windy morning, he offered help to a person he thought needed it,” State Police Chief Troy Weisler said at a news conference Saturday, choking up with emotion. “That person killed him in cold blood. Officer Hare’s last words on this earth were to offer help to a man who was about to kill him.”

The boss added: “Jeramy Smith, we’re coming for you. I implore you to surrender and surrender peacefully.”

Around 5 a.m. local time in New Mexico, Hare was dispatched to help a motorist who had a flat tire and was trying to flag down other motorists on the interstate near Tucumcari in eastern New Mexico, Weisler said Friday in a video message.

The disabled vehicle turned out to be a white BMW belonging to a first responder in South Carolina who was found dead Friday night, authorities said. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina, an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

When Hare arrived, he parked behind Smith’s disabled vehicle. Smith approached Hare’s passenger side window, Weisler said.

“A brief conversation about fixing his tire ensued and Officer Hare offered to give the suspect a ride into town,” Weisler said.

Then, without warning, Smith pulled out a firearm and shot Hare, walked around to the driver’s side and shot the officer again, before pushing Hare into the passenger seat and driving away in the patrol car, Weisler said. The car was abandoned a short time later, Weisler said.

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Smith faces charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, armed robbery, tampering with evidence, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and criminal damage to the property, police said.

Hare, who graduated from police recruit school in 2018, is survived by his parents, his girlfriend and two young children, the police chief said.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Luján Grisham acknowledged the death of the officer and offered her “deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fellow officers at this very difficult time.”

Linked to another murder

Hundreds of miles away, the body of a missing South Carolina paramedic, Phonesia Machado-Fore, 52, was recovered, and authorities said her car was connected to Smith.

The family of the paramedic reported her missing to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Thursday night.

Federal, state, and local authorities worked to find her, and investigators were led to a property in Dillon County, South Carolina, near the North Carolina border, where they located her body.

“Ma’am. Fore was one of us, a fellow first responder. His death is senseless. Our community has suffered a tremendous loss. My team and I will not stop until we bring to justice the person or people responsible for his death,” said Marion County Sheriff Brian Wallace, adding that the case is “far from over.”

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