DULCE, NM (KRQE) - New details are being released about the gunman killed in a shootout in Northern New Mexico Sunday. Officials say 48-year-old Rex Sherwood had bombs and was anti-government.
This new information could explain why Sherwood opened fire on police after a traffic stop Tuesday and then bolted into the mountains before making his way back to Dulce days later.
Last Tuesday tribal police pulled Sherwood over near Dulce for not using a turn signal. Police say Sherwood then led them on a chase before getting out of his truck, wearing a bulletproof vest, and opening fire on them with an AK 47. Sherwood then took off on foot into the mountains, leaving his bullet-riddled truck behind.
Sources say Sherwood, who has roots in Colorado and Arizona, was a computer expert with anti-government views and had homemade bombs in his truck. State Police say Sherwood was from Minnesota.
Sherwood has minor drug charges but no major criminal history.
On Sunday morning Sherwood allegedly broke into a gas station in Dulce which led to a four hour police standoff and eventually a shootout.
At some point during the shootout Sherwood was killed, at this time police aren't sure if he killed himself or was shot and killed by an officer. Medical examiners are currently investigating that.
FBI agents had swooped in on this case after the first shootout on Tuesday. A spokesman with the FBI says that is standard procedure when there is a police shooting on a reservation.
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