A Domino’s delivery man who shot an alleged armed robber Sunday night did so in self-defense and will not face any criminal charges, according to the Albuquerque Police Department.
The man who police say robbed the pizza chain’s location near 12th and Menaul was in critical condition Sunday night, but improved to stable condition Monday morning, said APD spokesman Tanner Tixier.
Police were called to a robbery in progress at the Northwest Albuquerque Domino’s around 9:30 p.m. As officers were on their way, they received calls that shots had been fired, Tixier said.
When officers arrived, they found a man with at least one gunshot wound lying in the parking lot.
That man – later identified as Gerardo Alvarado, 52 – was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, where he then improved to stable condition, Tixier said.
Police say Alvarado went into the Domino’s and held up the business at gunpoint. Alvarado fled the business and then saw a pizza delivery driver in a car in the parking lot.
Alvarado tried to rob the driver, Tixier said, and the driver shot him.
“The delivery driver … shot Alvarado in self-defense,” Tixier said. “No charges are expected to be filed against the delivery driver.”
Once Alvarado is released from the hospital, he will be charged with armed robbery and attempted armed robbery, Tixier said.
Alvarado has faced a few criminal charges in the past, but he has not been convicted of any criminal offenses in Albuquerque, according to online court records.