ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - New Mexico State Police said Thursday that "Cookie Bandit"Joseph Henry Burgess was able to get a revolver from the small ofhis back after he had been handcuffed. He then fired the shot thatkilled Sandoval County sheriff's deputy Sgt. Joe Harris.
In a news release Thursday, state police said Harris had firedthe shot that killed Burgess after he had been wounded fromBurgess's shot last Thursday in a cabin in the Jemez Springsarea.
State police agents interviewed Deputy Theresa Moriarty,Harris's partner, and said she was able to help them piece togetherthe facts and evidence. Moriarty and Harris had been staking outthe cabin to try to catch Burgess, who at the time was known onlyas the Cookie Bandit.
According to the news release, Moriarty told them Burgess camein through a window. The deputies confronted him, identifyingthemselves as police officers, she said.
Burgess than attacked the two officers, who were able tohandcuff him after a short scuffle, according to the newsrelease.
Burgess became aggressive again and attempted to fight withHarris, the news release says, and Burgess was able to retrieve a.357 revolver and fire the fatal shot.
Burgess then fired at Moriarty, but Harris was able to fire ashot to kill Burgess.
State police said Burgess' gun belongs to David Eley, who wasreported missing in the Jemez Mountains in 2007. Police areinvestigating whether Burgess had anything to do with Eley'sdisappearance.
Police are sending the weapons to a New Mexico Department ofPublic Safety forensic laboratory in Santa Fe for furtheranalysis.
Burgess, whose name was not known until after the incident, waswanted for breaking into cabins in the Jemez Mountains.
For many years, residents had said he would simply get what heneeded and leave, but in recent months began causing more and moredamage.
In one cabin, the damage reached $2,000, and another cabin had$1,000 worth of damage.
Meanwhile, deputies aren't sure if Burgess was connected to aDecember incident when a reserve Sandoval County deputy was shot atwhile in the area. The deputy didn't see anybody out there that dayand hadn't heard movement before the shot, so it could have been astray bullet from someone hunting in the area.
The bullet in the December incident was never found, so it wouldbe impossible to find out whether Burgess was connected.
When Burgess was identified, police linked him to a doublemurder on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in June 1972. Twocampers were shot and killed while they slept, and Canadianauthorities believe it was Burgess who pulled the trigger.
He had reportedly shot the two because they were sleepingtogether but were not married.
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