ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Francisco Macias, 32, is behind bars Thursday morning, Mar. 30, after a dispute led to an officer-involved shooting as well as a hostage situation. According to Albuquerque Police Department Chief Harold Medina, around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Mar. 29, dispatch was called about a dispute near Central and Atrisco.

Chief Medina says about 20 to 30 minutes after the initial call was made, it was upgraded in priority after dispatchers learned a man was armed with a gun. When officers arrived, they were notified by dispatch that shots were being fired. They moved in and told Macias to drop the gun, which then lead to shots being fired. 

The chief says it’s unknown how many officers fired their guns or if Macias fired his. Macias then attempted to flee on foot when officers say a bystander wrestled the gun out of the suspect’s hands and threw it over the fence. Macias attempted to flee again, taking another bystander hostage.

Officers determined Macias was no longer armed and were able to move in. “After the deployment of less lethal options and basically a wrestling match they (officers) were able to take the subject into custody,” said Chief Medina.

Macias did sustain minor injuries while trying to flee from the police. Police confirmed Macias was struck with a bullet fragment in his foot. He has been treated and booked into the Metro Detention Center.

Macias has been accused of false imprisonment and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. APD says none of the officers were hurt in the incident.