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Police ID suspected gunman, report “cop killer” tattoo

Police said Christopher Chase, 35, was waiting for officers in camouflage and body armor with an assault rifle and shot four law enforcement officers before being found dead after a chase to the North Valley. This is Chase's most recent driver's license photo, according to the Albuquerque Police Department.

Police said Christopher Chase, 35, was waiting for officers in camouflage and body armor with an assault rifle and shot four law enforcement officers before being found dead after a chase to the North Valley. This is Chase’s most recent driver’s license photo, according to the Albuquerque Police Department.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The man who police say shot four law enforcement officers with a semi-automatic gun had “cop killer” tattooed on his body, wore body armor and rigged his house with fake booby traps, Albuquerque Police Chief Allen Banks said at a news conference Sunday.

Banks said three male police officers and one female Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputy were injured in the lower body from the shootout that led police on a chase Saturday morning from southeast Albuquerque into the North Valley.

The shooter, 35-year-old Christopher Chase, was found dead at a Phillips gas station at Fourth and Montaño after he crashed a stolen police car and police fired at him, Banks said.

Banks said the Office of the Medical Examiner would determine the cause of death.

The injured BCSO deputy, 45-year-old Robin Hopkins, is in the intensive care unit for a gunshot wound to her leg that occurred at Fourth and Schulte during the shootout, according to Sheriff Dan Houston.

Banks didn’t release the injured APD officers’ names, but said they were expected to be OK. He said one officer was released from the hospital last night, and one had shrapnel in his leg and wasn’t taken to the hospital. The officer discovered the injury late last night after police had said only two APD officers were shot.

When police went to search Chase’s house at 809 Walter SE on Saturday night, they found the windows boarded up, fishing line visible, and fake artillery shells, Banks said.

Banks said police were still investigating if anything else of interest was in Chase’s home.

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