ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque police detective was injured overnight when a suspected car thief opened fire.
Albuquerque Police Department has identified the injured officer in the incident as Detective Justin Montgomery. Police say shrapnel from a bullet hit the officer after an early morning chase.
It all started around 1:30 Thursday morning.
Police say they were tipped to a bait car break in near Gibson and Yale.
Detectives went to the scene in unmarked cars and began following a car leaving that area. Police say one of the suspects, 20-year-old Antonio Delgadillo-Loera and 19-year-old Maria Guadalupe-Cruz, inside the car opened fire near Kathryn and Yale.
It’s not clear just how many shots were fired at officers, but neighbors say they heard at least three.
Officers kept chasing the car as it headed east.
Patrol officers helped get the suspects to eventually stop near Washington and Silver.
Delgadillo-Loera and Guadalupe-Cruz were arrested.
Less than 24 hours on the job, new APD Chief Gorden Eden says one officer was hit by bullet fragments in the leg.
“One of our officers did receive a minor injury as a result of the gunfire. His condition is fine, they are non-life threatening injuries,” Chief Eden said.
That injured officer was not taken to the hospital.
Police say during this chase officers never returned fire.
Delgadillo-Loera is facing charges including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, shooting from a motor vehicle, auto burglary, conspiracy, tampering with evidence, and possession of a stolen firearm.
Guadalupe-Cruz is facing charges of auto burglary and conspiracy.
Police have not released the name of the injured officer.