APD: Suspect who fired shots at police taken into custody


Albuquerque Police Department says the suspect who shot at officers is now in custody and that a rookie officer could have died. 

A large area of northeast Albuquerque was blocked off for hours Thursday as dozens of officers searched for a man who shot at police.

Police set up a perimeter between Eubank and Conchas and Copper and Chico. APD swarmed the area; even the mayor came out warning people to stay away. 

It all started when police got a call about a suspicious person, now identified Charles Edward Purvis, at Walmart on Eubank and I-40.

When officers tried to talk to Purvis, he fired shots and ran into a nearby neighborhood. 

Purvis missed officers but barely. 

Officers were taking K-9’s door-to-door and searching people’s cars as they left the perimeter, looking for the suspect. It wasn’t until 9 p.m. that he finally surrendered to officers after breaking into an abandoned home. The department’s helicopter spotted him.

Police say Purvis just recently got out of jail. 

Court records show the 23-year-old has a criminal history across the state.

In May, Purvis was charged with battery after trying to steal from a Family Dollar near the New Mexico State Fair Grounds.

APD says the officer involved had just graduated from the academy and was still with his training officer at the time.

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