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APD identifies carjacking suspect shot by officer

2:26 p.m. — Police have released the name of the suspect, but not the officer who shot him, in Monday night’s officer-involved shooting.

Joaquin Ortega, 34, has not been released from the hospital after being shot by an APD officer during a suspected robbery and carjacking. When he is released, police said, he’ll face charges including but not limited to armed robbery, aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault and child abuse. He could also face federal charges, police said.

Ortega appears to have a lengthy criminal history.


Keep with for updates about the suspect’s condition and any other information police release.


For the second time in three days, shots were fired on a busy Albuquerque street late Monday afternoon.

An Albuquerque police officer shot a man after he crashed his car and apparently robbed one person and carjacked another.

The injuries were not life-threatening, Albuquerque Police Chief Allen Banks said.

According to Banks, police received a 911 call about the crash near Jefferson and Central NE.

Witnesses said the man, who was not named, then got out of the car with a handgun and began walking east on Central, where he confronted a woman who was with her child, age 6 or 7, at a bus stop. He robbed her of $15, according to witnesses.

Then, Banks said, the man confronted a man in a car and tried to carjack that vehicle. That’s when a police officer arrived and fired his weapon.

Banks did not identify the suspect and said he did not know how many shots were fired or how many times the suspect was hit. He said he also did not know whether the suspect had fired at the officer or anyone else.

He said his remarks were “extremely preliminary” because, as of Monday night, the officer had not been interviewed.

A man who worked at Jim’s 66 Muffler and Auto Service at Jefferson and Central was the victim of the attempted carjacking, according to a woman who walked out of the crime scene with him. The man, who did not wish to comment, had been threatened with a gun, she said.

Freelance photographer Juan Labreche said he was in his home at Adams and Marquette when he heard two shots, followed by five to seven more, all from a single gun.

He said he ran to the scene, and immediately saw four police officers arresting a shirtless man at Jefferson and Central.

“I grabbed my cameras and jumped in my truck,” Labreche said. “I took photos until they told me to get the hell out of there.”

Labreche said he could see entrance and exit gunshot wounds above the man’s right hip, as well as entrance and exit wounds on his upper right shoulder near his clavicle.

Central Avenue was closed for at least four hours from Monroe to Washington while the shooting was being investigated.

A crashed silver Honda was visible inside the crime scene tape at Washington and Central.



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