was on the local news from Albuquerque a couple of
nights last week and I'm only just now finding the time to come to ATS and speculate out loud about the things that popped into my head immediately
upon hearing the details of this somewhat strange incident. I did a search but didn't find a single mention of this incident here at ATS so I hope
I'm not bringing up old news or duplicating threads.
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.
There are links to a number of updates/followups on this incident on the left side of the original story which I linked to above...but the details are
basically outlined in what I've quoted...this guy has no criminal history other than a minor drug charge...and on the TV news they also said that
absolutely nothing illegal (other than the bombs, which weren't mentioned on TV from my recollection)
was found when they searched his vehicle
(this was after he died in the gas station in Dulce)
...he gets pulled over for a minor traffic violation or even what I might call an
of not using his turn signal...not something that the tribal OR state police are going to get worked up over at all...probably would
have just gotten a friendly warning, really.
Absolutely no apparent reason for this guy to be so...um...defensive and belligerent...at least on the surface!
And certainly being armed with semi-automatic firearms, Kevlar, and IED's is, to me, just a bit extreme, even, for someone, say, from "Breaking
Bad," so much less someone with no criminal profile or contraband on board...
They weren't even sure at first if he was really the person named on the vehicle's documentation, so evidently this guy was not in the NCIC
But yet, he's wearing a bullet proof vest/body armor and has an AK-47 in his vehicle (as well as some homemade bombs)
...with which he then
goes full-out John Rambo on everyone for a week...the whole thing ending tragically in a standoff by what is being reported as a self-inflicted fatal
wound by local authorities.
Here is a bit from one of those associated links
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
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.
I didn't know about his being a computer expert with extreme anti-government opinions until just this morning, reading the news online...but if asked
I would have bet the farm on FOR rather than against such details being indeed, the possible truth...
As soon as I heard the first report, I thought to myself...this guy is a conspiracy theorist! Gone to Dulce to be a martyr for the freedom of all of
us...and my next thought was...I wonder who is MIA from ATS?
I certainly hope NO ONE is missing in action but those thoughts rose unbidden, if ya dig.