Police honored for stopping October shooting rampage

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Eleven of the law enforcement officers who were critical in putting an end to an October shooting rampage throughout the metro area were honored at the Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers luncheon Friday.

On Oct. 26, 2013, three Albuquerque police officers and one sheriff’s deputy were injured by Christopher Chase, who went on a shooting rampage through the city and targeted law enforcement.

At the luncheon, Albuquerque Police Officer Simon Drobik recalled how a normal day of patrol turned into a 14-mile chase through the city.

“It’s very strange how we got there. We received a phone call from a friend that said somebody was shooting down at the Salvation Army,” Drobik said. “The first words that came up were active shooter, so we didn’t ask permission, we just went. That’s what you do with an active shooter scenario, you just go.”

Drobik said he fell in behind a sergeant’s vehicle that was closely following Chase as he sped north on Broadway in a stolen police unit, having already wounded three officers. Drobik said it was when they saw Chase shoot Deputy Robin Hopkins on Fourth Street that they put an end to it.

The rampage ended at Fourth and Montano where Chase crashed into a gas pump. He died of gunshot wounds.

Eleven law enforcement officers, including those who were injured, were thanked at the luncheon for keeping the city and civilians safe.

Hopkins told KRQE News 13 she’s still recovering from her injuries, and has more surgeries scheduled.

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