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Officer shoots at suspected shoplifters

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque Police Department officer fired one shot at the occupants of a brown car who fled from the Giant gas station at Coors and Quail after allegedly stealing beer Thursday, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

Police said an officer was unable to detain the three suspects — Tanya Martinez, Jose Castillo and Raymond Carillo — in the gas station parking lot, and they led police on a chase through Albuquerque’s west side according to the complaint. At one point Castillo, who police say was driving for much of the incident, drove near a plain-clothes detective who had been following the car, according to the complaint. The detective fired once at the car as it passed, according to the complaint.

It does not appear that Castillo, Martinez or Carillo were armed when they were shot at. It was the department’s fourth officer-involved shooting of the year, and police later identified the officer who fired as Robert Legendre.

Castillo then continued onto I-40 where the car began smoking, according to the complaint, and another officer tried to pull him over. Castillo and Martinez  jumped out of the car and ran through the interstate’s traffic to escape, according to police.

Officers tracked down Martinez, the owner of the car, a few days later and she gave police a description of Castillo, according to the complaint.

Castillo was booked into county jail and faces charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, among others, according to the complaint.

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