Thursday, April 15, 2010
Suspect in Critical Condition
By Astrid Galvan
Journal Staff Writer
A suspect in a 2008 homicide is in critical condition after he was shot by a police detective following an argument over smoking a cigarette while pumping gas.
Benjamin Marquez, 18, was last arrested in February for possession of narcotics, police said, and has repeatedly violated his probation. Including juvenile arrests, Marquez has been arrested at least nine times, police said.
Wednesday's incident began about 12:20 p.m. 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.
The detective immediately began first aid on Marquez. Police are still searching for the second suspect and the silver Jaguar.
Officials confirmed that Marquez is still a suspect in the May 20, 2008, slaying of Ricardo Orozco, but has not been arrested in that case.
Orozco, 23, was killed in a residential neighborhood near Gibson and Broadway in what police said was a drug-related incident.
District Attorney's Office spokesman Pat Davis said the case is still open and prosecutors have asked police to review "some particular evidentiary issues."