ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - For the first time, we hear from a local police officer at the center of Saturday's chaos.
On Monday an Albuquerque Public Schools officer said he somehow ended up in the middle of everything.
Officer Michael Pittel said he thought he was driving up to the scene of an accident sparked by the traffic during the car chase until he saw Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy Robin Hopkins on the ground.
While Christopher Chase, 35, drove through the city Saturday, shooting at Albuquerque Police and BCSO deputies, APS officer and former BCSO deputy Michael Pittel said he was parked on 4th Street north of Osuna, listening to it all over the radio. He did not know eventually the pursuit would speed right by him.
“I was just monitoring and just happened to be in the right place... at the wrong time basically,” Pittel said.
After the suspect and officers drove by, Pittel said he noticed a BCSO car parked across 4th Street near Schulte.
“As I drove up, I thought it was an accident not knowing that there had been shots fired,” Pittel said.
But then he said he saw Deputy Hopkins laying on the ground with a fellow deputy at her side.
“She had a large amount of blood in her groin area and on her legs,” Pittel said. “What I believe happened, and again, this is not for sure, two rounds went through the hood of her car and through the firewall and into her.”
Pittel said he helped secure the area while firefighters and paramedics from the nearby station had Hopkins loaded onto a stretcher and on the way to the hospital within minutes.
“Both the citizens and the officers are lucky it stopped at 4th and Montano because obviously the suspect didn't care who he shot at and where those rounds went,” Pittel said.
Pittel spent more than seven hours on scene, interviewing a witness and securing the perimeter while investigators finished collecting evidence.
Pittel said Deputy Hopkins started with BCSO a few years before he retired from the department.
He describes her as a good deputy with a good heart.
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