ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Police have identified the suspected burglar who was shot by officers and injured Tuesday afternoon.
Now, a woman who was in the middle of the chaos is sharing her story of that suspect’s attempt to carjack her and make his getaway.
“I can’t stop thinking about it,” said Carolyn Palma, “It’s just, he could have killed me.”
Palma says she was sitting inside her car waiting to pick up her 12-year-old son at La Resolana Leadership Academy when she saw the suspect who police identified as Jacob Pacheco.
“I was watching him and then noticed the police car pull up and a cop got out and just started running,” Palma said.
Police say they were responding to an active burglary on Truman just down the block, and when they arrived Pacheo was trying to steal Palma’s car.
“He ran straight for my car,” Palma explained.
She says she immediately locked her doors, but her back windows were rolled down.
“He reached in and that’s when he said ‘open the door’ and put his hand on the handle and tried to open it,” Palma said. “And I wasn’t having it, I just took my keys, grabbed my purse and ran.”
Palma says she was making her way to the entrance of the charter school. Next thing she knew, she was on the ground. She thinks she passed out for a few seconds.
“When I got up, I looked to the left and and there were five, I don’t know how many shots were being fired at that point. Five, six at least,” Palma said.
Palma says she’s just glad she’s okay.
“I don’t know what he would have done if he actually made it inside the car.”
Palma says she remembers seeing something in the suspect’s hand and thinks he had a gun.
Police say they found a stolen gun on scene.
“I know I see it all the time but you never really expect it to be in your face,” Palma said.
Police say Pacheco was shot by at least one Albuquerque Police Department officer.
He’s still in the hospital and expected to be okay.
A man living by the home that police said was burglarized told KRQE News 13 his neighbor’s home had been broken into a couple times before.
“It’s terrifying knowing that this incident happened so close to home,” Daniel Hernandez said.
Court records show Pacheco had an arrest warrant in a case linking him to two other home burglaries from December and January, with one of those homes just a five minute drive from Tuesday’s shooting scene.
Pacheco was also charged with home burglary in August, but prosecutors dismissed it with the option of re-filing the charge at a later date.