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N.M. State Police Officer Killed

August 1, 2001

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ A state police officer was killed Wednesday after being struck by a truck that dodged spiked sticks the officer and his partner had put down to puncture the truck’s tires.

Officer Lloyd Aragon, 37, was standing in the median of Interstate 40 when he was hit as the speeding pickup truck veered off the rural highway about 35 miles west of Albuquerque, state police Maj. David Osuna said.

The 19-year-old driver of the truck and his brother were taken into police custody. They were not immediately charged.

The truck, which had been stolen, was fleeing a Wal-Mart in a nearby town after an alleged theft, Osuna said.

Aragon, an officer in the canine unit, had been on the force for eight years.

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