APD: Man shot in leg; two bystanders held suspect at gunpoint - Albuquerque Journal

APD: Man shot in leg; two bystanders held suspect at gunpoint

Eugene Padilla, 32
Eugene Padilla, 32

Officers arrested a man who shot another man in the leg Thursday afternoon after two bystanders held him at gunpoint until police arrived, according to a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department.

Officer Tanner Tixier said 32-year-old Eugene Padilla and another man were fighting over drugs near the 7-Eleven at Wyoming and Candelaria NE when Padilla fired several rounds shooting the man and nearly striking several passersby.

When police arrived they found the victim had been shot in the leg, and two people were holding another man, later identified as Padilla, at gunpoint, Tixier said.

The victim was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital. The others were taken into custody until detectives determined the two pointing their guns at Padilla were assisting the arrest, Tixier said. Padilla was arrested.

“The other two subjects who were originally detained were good Samaritans, armed with their own firearms, who tackled Padilla and held him at gunpoint until police arrived,” he said.

Padilla, a convicted felon, will be charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and numerous counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Tixier said. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives may charge him federally him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, he said.

“Detectives are still determining if the victim will be charged with any narcotics related offenses,” Tixier said.


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