Park ranger shooting gets attention of New Mexico's congressional delegation | KOB 4

Park ranger shooting gets attention of New Mexico's congressional delegation

Chris Ramirez
Updated: July 02, 2020 10:14 PM
Created: July 02, 2020 06:48 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are reacting to the 4 Investigates report that shows National Park Ranger Robert Mitchell shooting and killing 25-year-old Gage Lorentz at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. 

In a statement, Sen. Tom Udall said: 

"There are no words to ease the pain that Gage Lorentz’s family is enduring. Justice demands an immediate, full, and transparent investigation of this tragedy – for his family, and for all families who have experienced such devastating and unacceptable loss. The Lorentz family’s pain and grave misgivings about how this case has been handled should be taken very seriously.  And I am working in Congress to enact real reforms – like the Justice in Policing Act – to improve accountability and prevent law enforcement officers from abusing their power. I am also seeking answers about the status of National Park Service’s handling of the tragic killing of Gage Lorentz. 

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is in Rep. Xochitl Torres Small's district. She said Lorentz's death inspired her to co-sponsor the Justice in Policing Act. 

"The Justice in Policing Act, if enacted, could have prevented Gage's tragic killing. His death requires a full and transparent investigation, and it is also long past time that we implement real change that ushers meaningful reform and accountability measures that keep our communities safe," Torres Small said in a statement. 

KOB 4 has been told by the National Park Service that the shooting is being internally investigated, and Mitchell is on administrative assignment. 

The Eddy County District Attorney and the U.S. Attorney are also investigating the incident. 

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