ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The man shot by an Albuquerque police officer Monday afternoon is a convicted felon who will face state and federal charges when he's released from the hospital, a police spokesperson said Tuesday.
Joaquin Ortega, 34, was shot at least once after police say he crashed a car near Central Avenue SE and Washington Street, used a pistol to rob a woman who was with a child at a nearby bus stop and then was trying to carjack a man when he was shot in a confrontation with the officer.
Ortega faces at least four state charges: armed robbery, aggravated assault on a peace officer, aggravated assault and child abuse. He also faces a federal charge for being a felon who used a firearm in a crime.
Tuesday's statement from the Albuquerque Police Department did not detail the extent of Ortega's injuries or say when he's expected to be released from the hospital and booked into jail. Details of his confrontation with the officer also have not been released.
For the second time in three days, investigators are looking into an APD officer-involved shooting.
It happened at around 4:45 pm Monday. APD Chief Allen Banks says a man crashed a silver Honda Civic into a light pole on Washington Avenue just south of Central Avenue.
Witnesses called 9-1-1 to say the man got out of the car armed with a handgun and started running East down Central.
APD says the armed suspect then held up a woman and her 7-year grandson at a bus stop near Jefferson and Central, taking money. That's when the man crossed the street and pointed his gun at another man in an attempt to car jack him.
Banks says that's when an APD officer arrived on scene and confronted the suspect.
It's unclear what happened next; whether that suspect pointed his gun at or shot at the officer, or whether the officer demanded the suspect drop his gun.
But Banks says his officer fired at the man, hitting him at least once. The suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The officer was not hurt. Neither man has been identified.
The shooting scene closed a section of Central for four hours Monday afternoon into the evening while investigators combed the scene to piece together what happened.
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