ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Investigators are trying to figure out the intentions of Rex Sherwood, the man killed during a shootout with police in Dulce Sunday.
But one question was answered late Tuesday when the Jicarilla Apache Nation released a statement saying Sherwood killed himself ending an hours-long standoff with tribal, state and federal officers on Sunday morning.
No one else was injured as Sherwood sprayed bullets from a reservation convenience store perforating police vehicles.
Neither New Mexico State Police nor the FBI have confirmed publicly that Sherwood died by his own hand.
Sources have told KRQE News 13 Sherwood was a computer expert with extreme anti-government opinions.
They also say he had homemade bombs in the back of the truck he was driving when Jicarilla Apache tribal police tried to pull him over near Dulce on July 10.
After leading the officers led on a chase on U.S. Highway 64, he got out of the truck wearing body armor and starting firing an AK-47.
He then took off into the mountains.
Then on Sunday morning he was spotted trying to break in to a gas station on U.S. 64 in Dulce.
Jicarilla police and game officers were first on the scene with New Mexico State Police arriving minutes after the shooting started, according to the tribal statement released Tuesday.
Police tried negotiating with Sherwood, but he responded with more gunfire.
After four hours, and with no more shooting from the building, State Police sent a camera-equipped robot inside and spotted Sherwood's body.
Tribal police reported he died instantly from a self-inflicted gunshot from the AK-47.
It is now known that Sherwood was from Minnesota, but it's unclear why he was driving a truck with New Hampshire plates.
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