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Police make arrest after man shoots at officer early Saturday morning

SWAT officers in the neighborhood of Second and Osuna go through the neighborhood looking for an individual who fired at officers earlier this morning after an attempted DWI traffic stop. (Jim Thompson/ Journal)

SWAT officers in the neighborhood of Second and Osuna go through the neighborhood looking for two men who fired at officers earlier this morning after an attempted DWI traffic stop. (Jim Thompson/ Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque officer was shot at after trying to pull over a suspected drunken driver early Saturday, according to police.

Police later arrested a man in northwest Albuquerque in connection with the incident and were still seeking a second suspect, according to a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department.

The officer was not struck.

Johnny Kocsmar, 31, was taken into custody Saturday afternoon when authorities found him hiding under a house in the 100 block of Sandia View NW after he fled from a stolen car that had crashed. He is being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing from a police officer, auto theft and conspiracy, according to a criminal complaint.

Police search by a business near Second and Osuna for a suspect who shot at an officer on Saturday, police said.

Police search by a business near Second and Osuna for a suspect who shot at an officer on Saturday, police said.

Kocsmar told police he got into a car at the Smith’s grocery store on Fourth near Osuna because he saw the keys in the ignition and he wanted to warm up. Kocsmar said he woke up and started to drive when he saw a person waving at him, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

Kocsmar said that he picked up the man, who told him to start driving around.

Around 4 a.m., an officer tried to pull the stolen car over for a DWI stop. The car was initially seen speeding and swerving northbound on Interstate 25, before exiting at Jefferson, going east on McLeod, then north on San Mateo to Osuna, according to the complaint.

During the attempted stop near Osuna and Jefferson, the officer was shot at five times by the passenger in the car, according to the complaint.

After crashing the car on Osuna, both men fled and led authorities on an hourslong search near Osuna and Second, according to officer Simon Drobik, an APD spokesman.

Police are still looking for the passenger, he said.

Kocsmar didn’t identify who he was with when questioned by police. “Johnny would not tell me who the passenger was and would not talk about the shooting, but became very emotional and started to cry,” a detective wrote in the complaint.

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