Updated: 11/02/2013 10:26 PM |
Created: 11/02/2013 10:18 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Albuquerque Police have new insight showing the shooting at officers was not a spur of the moment decision for Christopher Chase.
Police found notes written by Chase to friends saying he expected to die, and Chase had an eyebrow-raising amount of ammunition with him ready to shoot.
Saturday, Albuquerque Police revealed that on his person, Chase had a black bag full of ammunition already loaded into drums, an AK-47 and a semi-automatic handgun, and a body covered in heavy ballistic armor.
Police also revealed a clear timeline of what happened Saturday.
A bystander called 9-1-1 after seeing Chase with the assault rifle, but sent police the wrong way.
“What we didn't know was the wrong location was given out by the 911 caller,” Acting APD Chief Allen Banks said.
Officer Eric Martinez was unknowingly sent into Chase’s line of fire.
Chase shot toward him, grazing him in the leg.
Chase stole his squad car and sped off, shooting at other officers responding.
Shots he fired hit Officer Matt Hannum, Officer Daniel Morales and Bernalillo County Deputy Robin Hopkins.
After he crashed at the gas station at 4th and Montano, officers fired at him.
“It is undetermined if the fatal shots were fired by apd officers, or if chase took his one life,” Banks said.
Police also do not have the answer many people want the most – why he did what he did.
Police did find notes he wrote to friends beforehand.
“We do believe he felt that this was going to be his last day, as he indicated to his friends and acquaintances,” Banks said.
After learning he had 357 unfired rounds of ammunition with him he could have shot, APD is just glad it wasn’t worse.
“We will continue as a department to move forward, we'll continue to heal, we'll continue to be strong,” Banks said.