Gun battle erupts during Albuquerque car break-in

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Police say a group of thieves got more than they bargained for when a homeowner fought back Sunday morning.

Neighbors say the area off Montgomery and Tramway is typically very peaceful but around 9:30 gunshots pierced that calm.

“I didn’t know if it was on our street but I knew it was close by. I wondered who got killed,” said a neighbor who didn’t want to be identified.

APD says 911 calls started pouring in. They arrived to find a pool of blood sitting in this driveway. The homeowner described a scary scene.

APD Spokesperson Simon Drobik says the homeowner told them, “I was in fear for my life, I was looking down the barrel of a gun. I thought I was going to die.”

It all started when the homeowner says he saw three people in ski masks approaching his home.

“Couldn’t see their face, couldn’t see their identity, couldn’t see their hands,” said Drobik.

The homeowner says the group started to break into one of his cars. That’s when he confronted them and a gun was shoved in his face. The homeowner pulled out his own handgun and shot at the suspects, hitting at least one of them. A gun battle ensued and the suspects took off. But a few minutes later they showed up somewhere else.

Drobik said, “Around 15 minutes later a body was dumped in front of UNMH with the multiple gunshot wounds and the other offenders fled.”

That suspect survived but isn’t talking. APD is now looking for the two other suspects and says while this homeowner did what he thought was necessary it was a dangerous choice.

“We never advocate that you take the law into your own hands. This could have been a whole different type of call, we could have had a homicide call up there. We always want you to call us first,” said Drobik.

Police say they have a description of the car used by the suspects to get away but they have not released that information.
No charges have been filed against the homeowner but APD says the DA’s office will be reviewing the case.

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