Murder suspect not found after all-day bosque manhunt

Albuquerque Police say a murder suspect is still on the run following an all-day search Wednesday through the bosque.

The search started around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning after police say a man shot another man dead right outside the Central Grill & Coffee House.

Just after 6:30 p.m., police said they had completed their search, and all lanes of Central and the Bosque Open Space area have reopened.

While the suspect wasn’t found, APD tweeted Wednesday evening that officers gathered “crucial evidence” and “ensured citizens’ safety.” 

Police haven’t identified the victim in the shooting, only saying the man died from his injuries at a local hospital.

The massive manhunt sparked shortly after the shooting. Police say responding officers spotted an armed suspect who ran westbound from the area of Central and Rio Grande, toward the Central Avenue river crossing.

“Officers got in a foot chase with this individual that ended in the area of Rio Grande River and Central,” said Deputy Chief Harold Medina of the Albuquerque Police Department. “At this time, officers lost the individual in the bosque.”

In response, APD called out extensive resources, using helicopters, a boat and multiple SWAT teams to search the area for the suspect. Officers also shut down much of the area to the public.

Central Avenue was closed over the river in both directions throughout much of the day. The  Zoo, Aquarium, Botanical Gardens and Tingley Beach were also closed for the day as officers scoured the area in search of the suspect.

Albuquerque Public Schools even dismissed classes early for Valle Vista Elementary School and Dolores Gonzales Elementary School.

After nearly 12 hours of searching, APD called off the search around 6:30 p.m. Earlier in the evening, APD Deputy Chief Harold Medina spoke of the depth of officer’s search.

“The moment that we’re done with our search, we’ll feel comfortable that we have searched it the best we can,” said Medina.

While officers are still looking for the suspect, they believe the man may have been dressed in muddy, black clothing Wednesday.

Police say they’re still investigating a motive for the shooting, but KRQE News 13 has learned that the shooting may have been over a bicycle.

It’s unclear if two men knew each other. There is no new information at this time. 

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