ALAMOGORGO, New Mexico- The Alamogordo Police Department said in a press release that on September 2, 2016, two uniformed patrol officers from the Alamogordo Police Department were conducting routine patrol in the 600 block of S. Florida Avenue. The officers encountered a male subject, later identified as 38 year old Joseph Moreno. Officers made contact with Mr. Moreno, a foot pursuit resulted from this contact. At some point during the foot pursuit shots were fired. The suspect, Joseph Moreno was pronounced dead at the scene. Joseph Moreno had 3 active warrants for his arrest.
During the incident Officer Clint Corvinus, 33 years of age was struck by gunfire. Officer Corvinus was transported to GCRMC (Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center) where he succumbed to his injuries. Officer Corvinus was pronounced deceased at 0918 a.m., September 2, 2016, the agency stated in the release.
Officer Corvinus was a 4 ½ year veteran of the Alamogordo Police Department and was a Field Training Officer at the time of the incident. Officer Corvinus was a graduate of Academy del Sol High School.He graduated from the New Mexico Police Academy in June of 2013. Corvinus is survived by his parents, an 8 year old daughter, and a girlfriend.
Police say the high presence of tactical teams, to include police helicopters were requested following direct threats made to law enforcement by known associates of the suspect. There are no known additional suspects at this time.
Joseph Moreno has a lengthy criminal history to include the following:
•Felon in Possession of a Deadly Weapon
•Aggravated Residential Burglary
•Escape from Custody
•Numerous probation violations
The officer involved shooting incident is being investigated by the New Mexico State Police.