Man arrested after shooting death of New Mexico State Police officer also suspected in South Carolina kidnapping, murder

NEW MEXICO (KAMR/KCIT) - A South Carolina sheriff's office announced that 17 arrest warrants on charges related to the alleged kidnapping and murder of a paramedic were issued in recent days for the man who was also a suspect in the March shooting death of a New Mexico State Police Officer west of Tucumcari.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina announced that 17 arrest warrants were issued for 33-year-old Jaremy Smith of Marion, South Carolina, allegedly related to the kidnapping and murder of paramedic Phonesia Machado-Fore. Those warrants included:

Burglary - First Degree (two counts); Kidnapping; Murder; Carjacking; Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime (two counts); Felon in Possession of a Firearm (seven counts); Criminal Conspiracy; and Grand Larceny of a Motor Vehicle (two counts).

Smith was arrested in mid-March in the Albuquerque area, as noted in previous reports. He was previously identified as a person of interest related to Machado-Fore's death, whose stolen car was allegedly being driven by Smith at the time of the fatal shooting of NMSP Officer Justin Hare. At the time of his arrest in New Mexico, Smith was shot and wounded by officers during a foot chase and was taken to the hospital under police guard. He remained in the custody of the New Mexico State Police pending further charges from Marion County.

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"This is the largest multi-agency investigation that I have been a part of," said the Marion County Sheriff's Office Captain who was the lead investigator in the case, "Thank you to all our local, state, and federal partners for the long hours and manpower you contributed to this investigation. As a result of your assistance and dedication, justice will be served for Phonesia Machado-Fore.”

The Marion County Sheriff's Office noted that it was assisted by numerous county, state and federal agencies during the investigation, including those in New Mexico.

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"This conclusion would not be possible without the incredible collaboration with the New Mexico State Police and Bernanillo County Sherif’s Office, who in the midst of losing a brother, dug their heels in and worked tirelessly to identify, charge, and apprehend Jaremy Smith in New Mexico," noted the office in its update announcement.

Although the investigation and overall case was noted as ongoing, Marion County and Dillon County officials both expressed gratitude for the multi-agency collaboration in the case as well as the input and effort of civilian community members.

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