ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The man accused of shooting at an Albuquerque Police officer is now facing federal carjacking and firearms charges.
Justin Brouillette, 21, was arrested Wednesday after he opened fire during a traffic stop. When the officer turned on his lights to pull him over for not having a license plate, police say Brouillette reached out and fired multiple times at the officer’s car behind him while driving, before speeding west. The Albuquerque Police Department said he hit another car and then tried to carjack the driver he just hit.
Officials say Brouillette is a convicted felon and was not supposed to be in possession of a weapon.
Brouillette has been charged with attempted carjacking, using and brandishing a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
If convicted Brouillette faces a 15-year prison sentence for the carjacking charge, 10 years for having a weapon and a possible life sentence for using the firearm.