State Police: Wanted fugitive pointed gun, fired shots before killing officer


ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – State Police released new information about the shooting that lead to the death of Alamogordo police Officer Clint Corvinus.

Investigators say Officer Corvinus and Officer Christopher Welch were on patrol early Friday morning when they encountered Joe Moreno, a fugitive they knew had outstanding warrants for his arrest.

According to police, Moreno took off running in an alley when he reached into a bag he was carrying and pointed a gun at the officers. That’s when state police say Officer Welch fired at Moreno.

When he fell to the ground, he fired multiple shots, hitting and killing Officer Corvinus said police.

State police say Moreno then got up and continued to shoot while Officer Welch went after him.

The officer then shot Moreno in the head, killing him, says State Police.

State Police say inside Moreno’s bag were ten unfired hollow point bullets and a pair of handcuffs.

Preparations are underway for a final farewell for that fallen Alamogordo police officer.

The U.S. Honor Flag has been brought to Alamogordo for Officer Corvinus. It has been traveling the country since 9/11.

Also, an honor guard will watch over his body until he’s laid to rest.

There will be a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Otero County fairgrounds.

On Saturday, a tribute to Officer Corvinus will start at 10 a.m. at the Tays Center at New Mexico State University in Alamogordo.

Those who want to help Corvinus’ family can participate in Pizza Nine’s fundraiser that donates all proceeds to the family. That fundraiser is on Wednesday for all Pizza Nine stores in New Mexico.

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