ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator on Wednesdaysaid "Cookie Bandit" Joseph Burgess died of a gunshot wound to thehead.
Burgess got into a shootout last Thursday with two SandovalCounty sheriff's deputies as they staked him out at a JemezSprings-area cabin. One deputy, Sgt. Joseph Harris, was killed.
He had been on the county's Most Wanted list for repeatedlybreaking into cabins and homes. Police had given him the CookieBandit pseudonym because he had often stolen food and they had notknown his name.
After the shooting, police discovered Burgess was the primesuspect in a 1972 double murder on Vancouver Island in the Canadianprovince of British Columbia. The Royal Canadian Mounted Policesaid two campers were shot in the head as they slept. Burgess hadallegedly shot them because they weren't married but were sleepingtogether.
Investigators are still piecing together what happened in thecabin. Harris' partner, Deputy Theresa Moriarty, hasn't yet spokenwith investigators about the shootout.
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