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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.
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.
Originally posted by RKWWWW
As a lifelong resident of the 4 corners area, knowing what I know, if his death had anything to do with the myth surrounding Dulce, he died needlessly. Perhaps idle speculations based on fuzzy google images and crack pot sources has actual, harmful consequences. What's next? An attack on Public Service Company of New Mexico's San Juan Generating Station?edit on 27-7-2012 by RKWWWW because: (no reason given)
Project Gasbuggy was an underground nuclear detonation carried out by the United States Atomic Energy Commission on December 10, 1967 in rural northern New Mexico. It was part of Operation Plowshare, a program designed to find peaceful uses for nuclear explosions
The site, which is now part of Carson National Forest, is approximately 25 miles southwest of Dulce, New Mexico and 50 miles east of Farmington, and was chosen because natural gas deposits were known to be held in sandstone beneath Leandro Canyon.
A 29-kiloton device was placed at a depth of 4,227 feet (1288 meters) underground and detonated; a crowd had gathered to watch, which viewed the detonation from atop a nearby butte.
Originally posted by queenannie38
That coal mine in San Juan is a surface mining operation, right? And the coal strata appears to be relatively shallow compared to that associated with traditional tunnel mining...I have no problem with the idea that nothing is really going on up there but a lot of people slaving for the man and our collective energy addiction/habit...that website author really ought to do just a little bit of research into mining and MSHA and it would clarify a lot of the confusing he's having with the satellite images...I'm thinking that there is evidence of top-dressing and measures to prevent soil erosion in those zig zaggy 'tailing' piles...they are, in my best guess, compliance with reclamation guidelines for coal mines of this type.
Originally posted by ChrisF231
Four Corners area? Wasent there a shootout between cops and some 'militia' group in that area back in the late 90s? I believe a cop was killed. Huge manhunt with hundreds of Federal, state, local, and Indian Tribal police.
Could this guy have been involved in that?
Originally posted by alienreality
I couldn't find anything that shows how this guy was anti-government.. He was certainly anti-social enough to just start shooting police on sight..
Not trying to go off topic, but they used the "anti-government" moniker often enough to make sure people remember it.. I just would like to know how he is, if he is.. (or was I should say)edit on 28-7-2012 by alienreality because: eta
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