A preliminary investigation by the New Mexico State Police into the death of Alamogordo Police Officer Clint Corvinus has concluded that he was shot with a .357 caliber revolver fired by the suspect in the case, Joseph Moreno, after Moreno had already been shot by a second officer.
The details of the investigation were released late Monday evening and indicate that the second Alamogordo PD officer involved in the shooting, Christopher Welch, a 10-month veteran of the Alamogordo PD was wearing a lapel camera that was operating properly at the time of the shooting.
Just before 8:30 a.m. Officers Corvinus and Welch spotted Moreno on S. Florida near the intersection of Santa Cruz. Both officers reportedly knew that Moreno was wanted on outstanding warrants and began pursing him on foot as he fled down an alley near the intersection of Sherwood St and Santa Cruz.
The lapel camera video reportedly shows Moreno carrying a bag which he reached into and pulled out a gun, later revealed to be a .357 caliber revolver with the serial number removed.
Moreno then turned and pointed the gun toward Corvinus and Welch. Officer Welch immediately fired his gun at Moreno, striking him at least once and Moreno is seen falling to the ground.
While on the ground, Moreno reportedly fired multiple shots toward Corvinus and Welch. One of those rounds struck Officer Corvinus.
After firing the shots at the officers, Moreno attempted to get off the ground and flee again. Officer Welch fired additional shots at Moreno, eventually shooting him in the head. Moreno fell to the ground in the 600 block of S. Florida St where he was later pronounced dead.
Welch secured Moreno at the scene, and allegedly located ten unfired hollow point bullets in the bag Moreno was carrying and a pair of handcuffs. A pistol holder was also found next to Moreno.
It wasn’t until Moreno’s fatal shot to the head that Officer Welch said he even realized Officer Corvinus had been shot behind him. Welch and other responding officers attempted to perform CPR on Officer Corvinus. He was transported to Gerald Champion Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The New Mexico State Police interviewed Officer Welch on Monday and subsequently released their early findings from the investigation.
Additional forensic testing is still being done on evidence discovered at the scene.
At the time of the incident, Moreno had three outstanding warrants for his arrest including charges for possession of a controlled substance, two counts of burglary and driving with a suspended license.
Officer Corvinus, a four and a half year veteran of the Alamogordo Police Department leaves behind his parents, an 8-year-old daughter and a longtime girlfriend. A candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Otero County Fairground and a Memorial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Tays Events Center in Alamogordo.