Suspect shot after crashing stolen vehicle, fleeing from Albuquerque police

Surveillance video courtesy Jaeda Lanai and Chris Martinez

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) –  Albuquerque Police have identified the suspect involved in an officer-involved shooting in southeast Albuquerque. Police say it stemmed from a stolen vehicle.  

There was a huge police presence near Grove and Bell, southeast of Louisiana and Zuni. Many people were unable to get to their homes Friday night due to the incident, which also involved a car crash. 

Police say they got a call around 5:30 p.m. from someone who reported seeing their stolen vehicle taking off at a high rate of speed. Police spiked the car and it then crashed into another car, which in turn hit a fire hydrant. 

Surveillance from a home at the intersection of Bell and Grove shows just how fast that car was going. The driver in the stolen vehicle then took off, starting a foot chase. He was identified Saturday in a criminal complaint as Pedro Escalante.

That’s when shots were fired by an Albuquerque police officer, hitting the suspect.

“These are high intense situations…no officer wants to get up in the morning and get in this type of situation, and when they do, we have to do a complete, thorough investigation,” APD Officer Simon Drobik said. 

The officer did say they saw the suspect had a gun, and police said it was found on the ground next to Escalante.

The suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police say the man not-involved but who was struck in his car, was taken to the hospital with injuries. 

According to police, Escalante stated to authorities he was shot trying to jump over a fence but did not know why. He allegedly stated that he did not know the vehicle was stolen and that he had received it from his “Homie”.

Police say Escalante refused to identify who the “Homie” was.

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