An Albuquerque case will be spotlighted in the Investigation Discovery series, “Body Cam” on Tuesday night.
It airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, on Investigation Discovery.
The episode recounts the Oct. 26, 2013, case when Christopher Chase, 35, dressed in body armor and camouflage and wielding a semi-automatic rifle, told witnesses in Southeast Albuquerque to call police and that he was waiting for them.
He then fired upon an officer and managed to steal the officer’s police cruiser, beginning a 16-mile police pursuit that eventually ended when Chase crumpled in the cruiser against a gas pump at Fourth and Montano NW — all amid gunfire from multiple officers.
The police chase began near Broadway and Iron SE before going as far west as Rio Grande Boulevard and as far north as Ranchitos Road, ending with Chase’s death at Fourth and Montaño in the North Valley.
Chase was armed with an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle and a pistol, and was found with 357 unfired rounds in a black bag he carried, according to a report.
Letters addressed to Chase’s friends that were found in his home made it clear that Chase intended to die that day.
Chase had shot three Albuquerque police officers, who received minor injuries, and one Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy, Robin Hopkins, who underwent a lengthy recovery for a shattered femur.
The episode focuses on officers Eric Martinez, Daniel Calt and Hopkins.
Cell phone video shows Chase waiting for officers when Martinez drove by and his patrol was hit by gunfire.
“This person was actually three blocks north of where I thought he initially was,” Martinez says in the episode.
Martinez took cover and that’s when Chase stole his patrol car.