ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police says a suspect was killed in a police shooting Tuesday morning in the parking lot of a motel along 4th Street near Menaul. Police say the suspect, who hasn’t been identified, was under investigation for fleeing in a suspected stolen truck.
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In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, APD Chief Harold Medina said the situation started around 10 a.m. when northeast area officers were called to a gas station in the area of Carlisle and Montgomery for reports of a stolen vehicle. Medina said a “citizen had spotted [the truck] and thought that it was a vehicle he knew was stolen.”
APD says when officers tried to stop the driver near Carlisle and Montgomery, the truck accelerated away from officers, eventually fleeing on to I-25 north, then south. Medina said Tuesday no APD ground units were involved in the pursuit, with officers using air support to follow the suspected stolen truck.
Officers eventually tracked the vehicle to the area of 4th and Menual, where Medina said the suspect ditched the truck on a street off 4th Street, north of Menual. APD says the suspect ran into the parking lot of the nearby Court John Motel. That’s where officers “made contact” with the male suspect, who was said to be in the process of trying to get on a motorcycle. APD says it doesn’t know if the man was trying to steal the motorcycle or if it was actually his motorcycle.
“When officers went to contact this individual, the individual fled on foot,” Medina said, describing the suspect as trying to run from at least three officers. “We do know that a less lethal option of a Taser was deployed. At that point in time, there was some kind of altercation, we don’t know what that was.”
APD says the altercation lead to at least one officer firing a gun, killing the suspect. APD says the unidentified suspect died on scene. No officers were hurt in the shooting. Three officers have been put on standard leave while investigators piece together what happened.
Medina said investigators also recovered a gun on the scene which they believe to be the suspect’s. Police made no mention Tuesday of the suspect making use of the gun.
APD also responded to an unrelated shooting at the Walmart Neighborhood Market Tuesday morning in the San Mateo Pavilions retail development along Cutler near San Mateo and I-40. Officers say she refused to go with police and left the store, got into a vehicle, and shot several rounds towards the store.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the suspect in that case has been identified but not arrested. Detectives are still investigating.