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Officer-involved shootings since Oct. 26


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Police Department shootings since Oct. 26:



    Christopher Chase: Chase, 35, led dozens of police officers on a chase that covered 16 miles through the North Valley after stealing an APD cruiser and firing an assault rifle at officers on Oct. 26. He shot and wounded four law enforcement officers, one seriously, before dying.

Officers fired at Chase, but APD still has not said whether Chase was killed by police fire. The autopsy has not been released, and police have not released 911 tapes.

  • Joaquin Ortega: Ortega, 32, crashed his car into a light pole and robbed a woman and her grandson at gunpoint before trying to carjack another man in Nob Hill on Oct. 28. Officer Brian Pitzer shot at Ortega around eight times, wounding him, as Ortega ran away and ditched his gun. It was Pitzer’s third officer-involved shooting, none of them fatal.


Police have not released Pitzer’s lapel video and have not said how many times Ortega was shot.

  • Robert Garcia Sr.: The 64-year-old had a note tucked into his pocket that said “Thank you officer” when he approached APD officer Peter Romero during an early-morning traffic stop Nov. 15 near Montgomery and Carlisle. Garcia walked toward Romero pointing a pellet gun that resembled a real handgun when Romero shot and wounded him once in the torso.

Police have not yet released Romero’s lapel video.



    Shaine Sherrill: Officers Luke McPeek, David Muñoz and Jim Edison fired their weapons during a confrontation with Shaine Sherrill at Northeastern and Wyoming, injuring him, after a domestic disturbance call Dec. 1. Police released little information until five days later, when they said Sherrill was either carrying a brake pad or a knife, which officers thought was a gun. It was McPeek’s second shooting in his 16 months on the force. Police have not said which officers’ bullets struck Sherrill and have not said how many shots were fired. They have not released lapel video or 911 calls.

  • Unknown suspect: Albuquerque Police Department officers shot and killed a man near Mesa and Gold on Sunday night after responding to an assault call at the 7-Eleven at University and Central. Police said the man confronted police with a weapon, but they wouldn’t say what the weapon was.

Police also did not disclose how many times the officers fired at the suspect or how many times he was struck, or the names of the suspect and the officers involved.

Full story: 5 police shootings in last 6 weeks as suspect is shot near UNM



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