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Man Shot By Police in Serious Condition, Faces Charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Benjamin Marquez Arrested Nine Times, Police Said

 

The man shot by Albuquerque police after allegedly threatening a detective with a gun is now in serious condition, authorities said.

Benjamin Marquez, 18, is being charged with aggravated battery on a police officer, spokeswoman Nadine Hamby said.

Marquez, who is also a suspect in the May 2008 slaying of Ricardo Orozco, was shot Wednesday around 12:20 p.m. after he pointed a gun at a detective during a foot chase.

The incident started at a convenience store on the northeast corner of Gibson and Broadway boulevards SE when a Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy approached two men who appeared to be involved in a drug deal, authorities said.

The men, who were seen in a silver Jaguar, got “a little animated” after the deputy told them to put out a cigarette because it was a danger while pumping gas, Police Chief Ray Schultz said.

An APD undercover detective who happened to be driving by stopped to assist the deputy. Shortly after, Marquez took off running west on Gibson across Broadway, police said.

The detective chased Marquez into a fourplex apartment building.

Marquez then showed a gun and refused to put it down, police said. He turned around and pointed it at the detective, who shot him three or four times in the upper body.

Police later found the second man involved in the incident. He was questioned and released, police said.

 

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