ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Shooting occurred as man fled in a vehicle from a Walmart parking lot on city’s West Side
Albuquerque police fatally shot an armed robbery suspect in the parking lot of a busy Walmart on Monday after the suspect rammed police vehicles and shoppers’ cars in an effort to get away, authorities said.
Police were waiting to release the man’s name late Monday because they had not notified his family, Police Chief Ray Schultz said.
A pregnant woman who was in the vehicle with the suspect during the incident on the West Side was arrested on an outstanding felony property crimes warrant, Schultz said. The chief did not know what she would be charged with nor did he know her relationship to the suspect. Her name was not released.
More than 40 people saw at least part of the incident, which took place around 11 a.m. No one besides the suspect was hurt.
“We are extremely fortunate,” he said. “The actions of the suspect were very violent. This is also a very complex crime scene we’re dealing with. This was a very busy Walmart at a very busy time of day.”
Police received a tip that a vehicle that had been involved in a robbery was in the Walmart parking lot at 2550 Coors NW early Monday, Schultz said. Detectives set up surveillance on the vehicle.
After a few hours, he said, a man and woman came out of the store and got into a green Jeep parked next to the suspected robbery vehicle.
The man matched the description of the robbery suspect, so police closed in and blocked the Jeep from escaping, Schultz said. That’s when the man started driving into police cars.
One officer fired an undetermined number of shots, he said, at least one of which struck the man.
The man slammed into several shoppers’ vehicles as he sped northbound across the parking lot, the chief said. The Jeep jumped over a curb and headed westbound in the wrong lane up Atrisco NW.
Police were able to force the vehicle to the side of the road, the chief said.
“At that point, the suspect lost consciousness,” Schultz said. “Officers were able to reach inside the vehicle — at great risk to themselves — and turn the steering wheel so that the vehicle rolled into a wall.”
Police closed several roads in the area, including Interstate 40, for several hours. Customers who were kept inside Walmart were allowed to leave one at a time in the hours after the shooting, Schultz said.
Monday, 29 March 2010 15:50
A man shot by an Albuquerque police officer Monday morning in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart at Coors Boulevard and Interstate 40 during an undercover surveillance operation has died, KOB-TV and KRQE-TV reported.
The names of the dead man and the officer involved in the shooting have not been released, according to the stations. KRQE-TV said the officer has been placed on standard, paid leave.
The man who was shot died Monday afternoon after being taken to University of New Mexico Hospital, KOB-TV reported. The station also said that according to APD Chief Ray Schultz, one officer was taken to a hospital to be treated for chest pains.
KRQE-TV reported the man was shot about 11 a.m. but was able to continue to drive until apparently losing consciousness and nosing the SUV he was driving into the side of a building a few blocks away. A pregnant woman in the SUV was not injured and was taken into custody.
The station said that according to Schultz, the man and the woman who was with him tried to flee when officers moved in after the couple got into the SUV parked next to a car that was under surveillance. The man rammed police and private vehicles in the parking lot as he and the woman escaped in the SUV, and one officer fired at the man.
The car under surveillance had been reported stolen, according to KRQE-TV.
Monday, 29 March 2010 12:04
An officer-involved shooting occurred Monday morning in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart at Coors Boulevard and Quail Road on Albuquerque’s West Side, KRQE-TV reported.
The station said one person was injured in the shooting but the person’s condition wasn’t immediately known.
KRQE-TV said few details have been released about the incident that apparently began as an undercover operation. The crime scene involves dozens of officers spread out from the Wal-Mart east of Coors on Ouray to 57th street.
Monday, 29 March 2010 11:38
KOB-TV is reporting that Albuquerque police are closing roads in the Interstate 40 and Coors Boulevard area on the West Side of the city.
The station said police have not released information on why the roads are being closed.