Police ID carjacking suspect in officer-involved shooting


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) –  A scary situation unfolded Friday afternoon in the parking lot of a state office building.

The Albuquerque Police Department says one of its officers opened fire to stop an attempted carjacking. The armed suspect was hit and wounded, and so was the woman he was carjacking.

Lee Brandenburg

The suspect, 41-year-old Lee Brandenburg, and his female victim were each shot in the leg, but police aren’t saying who shot her — just that at least one officer fired.

Police say officers tried to arrest a suspect who had a burglary warrant and misdemeanor traffic warrants. That happened near the Mazda dealership on the other side of the freeway, but police say the suspect ran.

Officers caught up with the suspect in the parking lot of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, and APD says officers witnessed the man try to carjack a woman at gunpoint.

Sky News 13 video shows shattered glass from the broken driver’s side window of the silver SUV. Sky News 13 also caught video of a gun on the ground.

The incident happened just after the lunch hour, so people working in the area returned to a huge police scene.

Police say no one suffered any life-threatening injuries. They say Brandenburg has a history of property and violent crimes.

“It’s pretty dangerous, this is the exact situation we want to try and avoid and exactly why we want to keep repeat offenders in custody. This guy’s a repeat offender, repeat violent offender,” Officer Fred Duran said.

San Antonio was blocked off from the frontage road east to San Pedro for hours following the shooting. The road has since reopened.

Gov. Susana Martinez released the following statement Friday regarding the incident:

I ask New Mexicans to keep the victim in their thoughts and prayers as she recovers. I spoke with her this evening. She is in great spirits and is very grateful for those who helped her after the shooting.

I’ve also spoken with the chief of the State Police Department, and they are working closely with APD as they investigate. In addition, I’ve ordered the RLD department to have counselors on hand to assist state employees who witnessed the shooting.

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