ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police are investigating a police shooting in southeast Albuquerque.
A body covered by a sheet is visible lying in the road.
It all began around 3:30 p.m. when a 911 caller said they witnessed a male and female arguing in Robinson Park. The caller said a man wearing a red shirt was in a black SUV when he forcefully shoved a female into the vehicle.
“Officers were already in the area, they were able to identify the vehicle as well as the clothing description that had been given to us by the caller,” said Albuquerque Police Chief, Gordon Eden.
Officers spotted the vehicle near 8th and Central a short time later.
They attempted to pull him over. The driver began to pull to the side of the road near 4th St. and Bridge Ave., but then sped off. The driver then headed eastbound on Avenida Cesar Chavez.
The female in the car was able to bail out of the SUV near Southern. She sustained minor injuries.
Officers continued to follow the suspect and attempted to stop the driver near Edith and Garfield at which time shots were fired.
The suspect was pronounced dead on scene.
Preliminary information shows the suspect had a gun and a weapon was found at the scene. Police also said the suspect is a repeat offender.
“He’s in his mid 30’s,” said Chief Eden. “He has an extensive criminal history and as recent as May of this year, he was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.”
Neighbors in the southeast neighborhood say they stopped everything when they heard shots fired.
“I was taking a nap and I heard six gunshots and I ran out when the cops were coming, the ambulance, and everything and by the time I got here they had the yellow ribbon. I couldn’t get any farther than that and there was a body there,” said Maria Trujillo.
“It was like a bottle rocket going off and then exploding,” said Mark James.
Residents said they now feel scared where they live.
“This neighborhood is not safe anymore,” said Trujillo.
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