ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The man shot by an Albuquerque police officer Monday is out of the hospital and faced a tough judge on Wednesday.
Joaquin Ortega is charged with numerous alleged crimes including armed robbery, aggravated assault and child abuse.
Witnesses say Ortega pulled a gun on a woman and her grandson who were at a bus stop near Central Avenue SE and Washington Street. Police say the boy was so scared he had an anxiety attack.
After robbing them, witnesses say Ortega then pointed a gun at another man and demanded a ride. Officer Brian Pitzer arrived second later.
According to court documents, Pitzer ordered Ortega to drop his gun. When he refused and then pointed it at Pitzer, the officer shot him.
The Albuquerque Police Department released Pitzer's name Wednesday afternoon and said he has been with the department more than six years. He was honored last year for saving the life of a 2-day-old child who was choking.
Earlier in the day Metropolitan Court Judge R. John Durán made it tough for Ortega to get out of jail.
"It's alleged he put thee bystanders including young child at risk, grave risk as well as APD law enforcement," Durán said. "As such I find that he's a danger to the community. I'm setting bond at $150,000 cash-only."
According to police Ortega's girlfriend said Ortega decided to stop using heroin on Monday. But then snorted Xanax and drank a bottle of alcohol before heading out.
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