Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Shooting Suspect Was Out of Prison on Parole
Journal Staff Report
Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz says he is "very concerned" that the man who allegedly shot at police Monday before storming into a Southeast Albuquerque apartment and taking a hostage was "out on the streets."
Jay Ulibarri, who opened fire on the two officers who stopped him in an alleged stolen vehicle Monday afternoon, was out of prison on probation and parole.
Ulibarri, 36, has an extensive criminal past that includes property crimes, stealing cars and armed robbery, Schultz said.
"It goes back to what I've been saying about the perpetrators of property crimes turning violent," Schultz said in an interview with the Journal. "We got very, very lucky today. We could have easily lost at least one officer."
The two officers, who weren't named, stopped Ulibarri's vehicle at about 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of Cornell and Coal SE, police said.
Ulibarri allegedly got out and fired a hail of bullets toward the officers, nearly hitting one of them, Schultz said. In fact, one officer was sprayed with glass from the window and windshield of the police cruiser.
Schultz said it was fortunate that other officers responding to the scene saw Ulibarri duck into a nearby apartment. Once inside, Ulibarri allegedly took a man hostage.
The APD SWAT team was called in and negotiated with Ulibarri, who threated to "shoot it out with police," the chief said.
SWAT officers stunned Ulibarri with a TASER, Schultz said. The hostage was not injured.
"It was a textbook hostage negotiation," Schultz said. "Everyone's going home tonight."