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State Police ID man shot by officer on I-25

Roman Craig (State Police)

Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal

State Police identified the man an officer shot and injured Tuesday morning on the shoulder of Interstate 25 in Northeast Albuquerque.

Mark Soriano, a State Police spokesman, said 26-year-old Roman Craig is charged with aggravated assault upon a peace officer with a deadly weapon.

He said Craig is being treated for his injuries at the University of New Mexico Hospital.

“He will be booked into the Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center upon his release,” Soriano said.

Police say the officer, who was working a traffic safety operation in Albuquerque, shot Craig after Craig approached him armed with a gun on the side of the highway.

“The details of the shooting remain under investigation,” Soriano said. “The name of the officer involved will not be released until all interviews are completed.”

According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Metropolitan Court:

A State Police officer conducted a welfare check around 10 a.m. on a Jeep that “appeared abandoned and tampered with” on the side of I-25, between San Antonio and Paseo Del Norte.

Police say the officer was sitting in his vehicle behind the Jeep when another officer, who happened to be driving by, saw Craig walking toward the officer with a gun in his right hand “pointing it down at the ground.”

The officer radioed in to warn the officer, who took cover behind the Jeep and told Craig to stop and show his hands. Dash cam footage shows Craig raised his right hand before the officer gave more commands and fired a single shot – striking Craig.

Police say as the officer approached Craig to handcuff him he asked the wounded man why he pointed a gun at him and Craig replied, “Because you’re a pig.”

Two witnesses, one who was driving on the frontage road and another in a nearby office building, told police they saw Craig point a gun at the officer.

One of them “turned around to tell her coworkers, heard a gunshot, and turned back around to see the subject on the ground.”

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