Suspect in custody after officer-involved shooting in southwest Albuquerque

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A suspect is out of the hospital and in jail after getting into a shootout with police overnight Thursday.

Police say it happened just after midnight in the area of 98th and Benavides. People say they woke up around that same time to the gunshots. One neighbor’s Ring doorbell camera captured what appears to be an officer pursuing the suspect.

The woman tells KRQE News 13 she was terrified after seeing everything right outside her door, so she grabbed her baby and took cover.

The Albuquerque Police Department says officers were in the area of Casa Florida Place and Gunnison Place NW investigating a shooting that had happened earlier on Thursday. While no one was injured in that shooting, witness reports helped police identify a suspect. 

When police went to take the suspect into custody in the area of Benavides Road and 98th Street SW, the man shot at officers with at least one officer firing back, striking him. The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he has since been released from his injuries.

Daniel Montoya

He is currently in police custody awaiting questioning, regarding the early Thursday shooting, as well as the shooting involving officers. The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Daniel Montoya.

APD reports a firearm was discovered at the scene. No officers were injured in the incident.

Investigators say they will be in the area all night and through the morning processing the scene. They’re looking into possible damage caused and say there are multiple areas that need to be looked at.

“We have an extensive crime scene which involves multiple places that need to be processed for shell casings,” said Deputy Chief Harold Medina with APD.

There are officers still on scene investigating. Anyone who may come through the area for their Friday morning commute may need to consider an alternate route.

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