ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police have confirmed three officers were hurt in a Saturday afternoon incident that involved a chase and a suspect arrested.
Three officers were injured and taken to the hospital after a car chase through a southwest neighborhood ended in a crash with an APD cruiser this afternoon.
While witnesses said they heard gunshots, police are staying tight lipped about all this, but do say there was something very concerning about this suspect.
Neighbors in this southwest Albuquerque neighborhood couldn’t drive to their homes for most of the day because of an active police investigation.
“I asked one of the police officers they said it was around over here at Smith’s that there was a guy shooting and they chased him around this way,” Carlos Vasquez, a witness.
APD has not confirmed that any shots were fired at this point and are not saying if the suspect was armed. The incident started when police responded to a domestic violence call to in a neighborhood near Unser and I-40 at around 2 p.m. Police said the suspect fled.
“Other officers that were in the area located the area at the Walgreens at Coors and Central,” said Ofc. Fred Duran, Albuquerque Police Dept.
But the suspect fled again and led police on a chase.
“Which led over to the Central and 64th area where the offender went head on with a police vehicle,” said Duran.
The crash at 64th and Churchill in this southwest neighborhood ended the pursuit.
“We’ve just seen cops going up and down, sheriffs, ambulances,” said Migul Lugo, a witness.
Three officers were taken to the hospital as the result of this incident. The suspect was taken into custody at which point police noticed something unusual. Police said the suspect was wearing body armor — a bullet proof vest similar to the ones officers wear.
“It’s not typical for everybody to wear body armor. I mean all you aren’t wearing body armor. Police typically do that so that is strange behavior for us,” said Duran.
The three officers taken to the hospital for minor injuries have since been released. APD is not saying when or how the officers were hurt during the incident. Police have not released the name of the suspect either.