ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque police officer accidentally discharged his weapon while investigating a burglary early Sunday, striking and injuring a man in a neighboring apartment, police said.
The officer’s service pistol discharged as he climbed into the broken window of a second-floor apartment in the 500 block of Charleston SE about 5 a.m., police spokesman Simon Drobik said.
The round passed through the floor of the apartment and struck a man in the back, Drobik said. The gunshot victim was listed Sunday in stable condition at University of New Mexico Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, he said.
Police did not identify the officer or the man he shot.
“I want to emphasize this was an accidental shooting,” Drobik said. “The officer involved in this is just torn up.”
Officers found the gunshot victim lying on his couch in a first-floor apartment complaining of pain in his back, Drobik said.