ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An officer shot and wounded a stolen car suspect Friday evening following a car crash and short foot chase in the southeast part of the city, according to Albuquerque police.
Police spokesman Simon Drobik said at least one officer opened fire when the suspect pointed a gun at officers. The suspect was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.
No officers were hurt, but another person was injured after the suspect crashed into their car. That person’s condition was unclear.
“These are high-intensity situations, no officer wants to wake up in the morning and wants to get into his type of situation,” Drobik said at the scene.
He said the incident unfolded when someone called 911 around 5:30 p.m. to say they saw their stolen car being driven through a southeast Albuquerque neighborhood.
Officers were able to deploy a spike belt, and the vehicle crashed into another car at the intersection of Bell and Grove SE.
Drobik said the suspect ran and police gave chase on foot. At least one officer fired at the suspect when he pointed a gun at them.
“The individual was shot, sustained a non-life-threatening injury, and is at a local hospital,” Drobik said.
Officers recovered the suspect’s gun.
“We have a lot of evidence to collect and people to interview,” he said around 9:15. “We’ll be out here for quite some time.”
Several police vehicles blocked streets in every direction from Bell and Grove SE. Two mobile crime labs could be seen near two civilian cars that had crashed into each other near the middle of the intersection.