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APD officer on leave after firing as suspect in stolen vehicle fled

Police investigate an incident on Indian School in front of the Valley Apartments on Monday after a car crashed into a pickup truck. The Albuquerque Police Department said Tuesday an officer fired more than one shot as a suspect fled. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Police investigate an incident on Indian School in front of the Valley Apartments on Monday after a car crashed into a pickup truck. The Albuquerque Police Department said Tuesday an officer fired more than one shot as a suspect fled. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque police officer fired his weapon as a man suspected of driving a stolen SUV on Monday afternoon “recklessly fled the scene,” according to a statement released by APD.

The officer is on a three-day paid administrative leave while an internal investigation takes place, said Celina Espinoza, an Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman, in the statement. He has not yet been interviewed, she said.

Espinoza did not release the name of the officer or the suspect, who police are searching for.

Officers responded to a stolen vehicle report near the 1800 block of Indian School NW, Espinoza said. The driver refused to obey commands, she said. Espinoza said the officer fired as the suspect fled, and two women and child were in the SUV at the time.

The officer fired more than once, she said, but it is unknown whether the suspect was injured. She did not say if the vehicle was struck.

Two women and a 5-year-old child fled on foot after the suspect turned west onto Indian School and T-boned a truck, Espinoza said. The driver of the truck was not injured.

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One woman and the child were found and taken to the hospital for observation, she said. The other woman has not been found and it is unknown if she was injured.

The stolen SUV was found Monday evening, and a man near the scene was detained for questioning and released.

Espinoza said the case is being handled by the violent crimes unit and the Multi-Jurisdictional Shooting Investigative Team.


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