Albuquerque police: Suspect in custody after ambush-style attack


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It was a tense morning for Albuquerque police Saturday when two men shot at an officer during a DWI stop.

Police say they tried to pull over a vehicle for suspicion of DWI near Osuna and Jefferson. As the officer was pulling the car over, police say three shots were fired towards the officer from the vehicle.

“As he was initiating the stop, one of the occupants of the vehicle fired towards the officer, in his patrol vehicle,” said Officer Simon Drobik of the Albuquerque Police Department.

The car took off heading westbound on Osuna, firing three more shots in the officers’ direction. One of those shots broke the back window of the car.

The suspects abandoned the vehicle a short time later near Osuna and the rail road tracks, and two occupants fled on foot into a nearby neighborhood.

Kate, a resident in that neighborhood told KRQE News 13 the thought of the suspects running around her home is frightening.

“That is a little spooky, actually. Then you think they might be hiding in your backyard or the back shed or something,” she said.

APD said they have 31-year old Johnny Kocsmar, the driver of the car, in custody and they’re on high alert for the passenger.

“We do know he’s armed, that’s why we’re taking our time, and the threat to public safety is high because he’s in this area armed with some type of fire arm,” said Officer Drobik.

Police assure residents they have searched the area thoroughly and say if anyone in the area has any tips, to give 242-COPS a call.

The suspects’ car was stolen and the officer involved in the pursuit was not injured.

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