ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – According to New Mexico State Police, a suspect is dead and an Albuquerque Police Department officer was shot after a standoff at an apartment complex in northeast Albuquerque. According to APD, the officer was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.
Officers were trying to arrest a man with an active arrest warrant in Santa Fe who had barricaded himself inside an apartment at the Copper Ridge Apartments. Police say the man is also a suspect in a recent Albuquerque homicide. “Officers were on scene and due to the fact that there was a young child in the home, were attempting to make entry into the home because the child seemed to be in some kind of duress,” said APD Police Chief Harold Medina.
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Chief Medina said the SWAT team got into a shootout with the suspect when the team tried to enter the apartment. The suspect was killed in the shooting.
One APD officer was hit in the arm by the suspect’s gunfire. Chief Medina confirmed the officer is expected to be released from the hospital Thursday night. Police said another bullet went through the pants of a second officer who was not injured.
APD and NMSP were working on serving the warrant together. “I just left Alamogordo, I just left the funeral of Officer Ferguson. It’s a very unfortunate ordeal. Twenty minutes after leaving that incident I get a call about this one. So it’s obviously upsetting a sad deal to have this incident happen immediately on the heels of that one,” said Chief Troy Wiesler of New Mexico State Police.
The names of the wounded APD officer and the suspect have not been released. APD said aside from the officer and suspect, no one else was hurt in the shooting.