ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Police have charged a man with shooting at and injuring four officers on Thursday in northeast Albuquerque. According to a criminal complaint 27-year-old James Ramirez is charged with armed robbery, three counts of aggravated battery on a police officer, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, felon in possession of a firearm, resisting evading, or obstructing an officer. According to a criminal complaint, Ramirez is a convicted felon in California.
Police are also still searching for a person of interest who is possibly connected to Thursday’s shooting.
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Officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation say Ramirez was sentenced in Los Angeles County on October 23, 2017, on first-degree burglary charges and sentenced to four years in state prison. Due to a California state law, he was eligible for one extra day of credit for each day served. The sentencing court gave him an additional 1,461 days of pre-sentenced credits – often given for time served in jail awaiting a court date. Ramirez’s credit days were longer than his sentence and was therefore released the same day of his sentencing. Ramirez was discharged from parole on February 11, 2021.
Three Albuquerque Police officers are recovering from various injuries following Thursday’s shooting. A fourth officer is in critical condition after being shot at the base of his neck. The shooting happened before 10 a.m. Thursday near Juan Tabo and Lomas, where officers were responding to a robbery call.