An Albuquerque police officer conducting an undercover drug bust shot and injured a suspected drug dealer in a restaurant parking lot near Coors and I-40 Monday afternoon, according to police.
The man shot, who has not been identified, was in critical condition at University of New Mexico Hospital, Deputy Chief Paul Feist said. The man was shot once in the upper chest after pointing a gun at officers.
The incident started shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, when narcotics detectives were conducting a “hand to hand” drug buy in the parking lot at Coors and Iliff. Detectives had been tipped off earlier in the day to drug deals in that area, Feist said. He did not immediately know what kinds of drugs were being sold.