ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - As details unfold in a shooting rampage that’s left three Albuquerque Police officers and one Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy wounded, we’re also hearing from the first person to call 911.
The caller doesn’t want to be identified but told KRQE News 13 today that when the suspect, Christopher Chase approached him, he thought it may have been a joke.
The man says he was washing his car at the Citation Car Wash on Broadway near Hazeldine when Chase came up to him. He says Chase was dressed in camouflage and a black mask, but took the mask off to say “I’m not going to hurt you,” telling him to call 911.
The caller said Chase then crossed the street to a bus stop and began waving his gun at passing cars. The caller ended up dialing 911 from the A to Z tire shop next door to the car wash.
He says dispatchers were puzzled by his story.
“They wouldn't believe me. I told them there was a guy with camouflage and dressed as a soldier waiting for them and they would be like, 'waiting for us?' Like, they don't believe me, you know? And when the officer showed up, they knew it was real,” said the 911 caller.
Chase opened fire on police shortly after they first arrived. The caller says he too was shocked by the whole incident and wasn't sure if Chase's gun was even real.
According to dispatch records obtained by KRQE News 13, the drama unfolded over the course of about a half hour. The first call went out at 11:20 a.m. Police confirmed that Chase was dead at 11:50 a.m.
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