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N.M. officer dies after cruiser hits cow

Martin Salazar, Journal Staff Writer
Albuquerque Journal
Copyright 2006 Albuquerque Journal

A State Police officer on his way back to Española after responding to a "shots fired" call died Sunday night after striking a downed cow on U.S. 84 and being ejected from his police unit.

An unidentified motorist traveling southbound and driving what State Police believe was a Mazda SUV apparently struck the cow but continued without stopping, a preliminary State Police investigation has revealed.

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