ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A gang on a crime rampage; that's what a Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office captain says prompted an early morning chase through northwest Albuquerque and then a violent crash involving police officers.
The five suspects in custody are part of newly established gang, suspected in many other violent crimes, including the shooting of a Great Dane.
It was a massive scene Friday, St Joseph's between Coors and Atrisco was shut down for most of the morning.
The Albuquerque Police Department told KRQE News 13 that three suspects involved in this chase are repeat offenders linked to violent crimes, all over the county.
They even connect three of them to the suspect arrested for the drive by shooting death of 18-year-old Aliyah Garcia in the South Valley back in May.
A PIO for the sheriff's office says this all stemmed from a carjacking in the South Valley where a man was held up at gun point. Deputies spotted the group on Central and the chase began.
BCSO tells KRQE News 13, while on his way home, an off duty APD officer was struck in a marked patrol car by the suspects. That officer was pinned in the car and seriously injured, the car was on fire.
"Unfortunately the suspects dictated the conclusion of this crash, resulting in the injury of an APD officer and a BCSO deputy, we had a violent fleeing felon at this point," said Deputy Felicia Romero, PIO for Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office.
Their deputy is expected to be okay.
Another APD officer was checked for smoke inhalation, and the officer seriously injured has broken bones and cuts.
A captain for the sheriff's office says they believe this gang is responsible for the shooting of a Great Dane named Moose in the East Mountains in September during a home break in.
It's unclear if any of Friday's suspects were directly responsible. Warrants are still being written in that case.
KRQE News 13 asked the sheriff's PIO Felicia Romero for the names of the suspects, what crimes they were wanted for and charges their facing.
She gave KRQE News 13 an interview at 6 a.m. and would not be giving any new updates on the investigation for the rest of the day.