Updated: 11/02/2013 11:47 AM |
Created: 11/02/2013 9:01 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
The Albuquerque Police Department revealed new information about last Saturday's shooting rampage during a news conference this morning.
Three APD officers and a Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy were shot while pursuing a suspect from the South Valley to the North Valley. The suspect, Christopher Chase, was killed near 4th and Montano. It's not yet known whether he shot himself or was killed by police.
At the news conference, Interim Police Chief Allen Banks said Chase had an AK-47 rifle and a semi-automatic handgun with him during the incident. He was later found to have an additional 357 unfired cartridges in a black bag.
Chief Banks said the initial 911 caller gave the wrong address, saying a gunman was at Cesar Chavez and Broadway instead of Iron and Broadway. When officer Eric Martinez drove by Iron and Broadway, the suspect fired a shot at him.
Martinez got out of the car and exchanged gunfire with Chase, according to Chief Banks. He said Chase stole the APD vehicle after a bullet grazed Martinez's leg.
Chief Banks said six officers fired shots at the car or at Chase during the pursuit. He revealed APD Sgt. Shawn Lockey as the commander who made lifesaving calls by directing officers to safety and pushing SWAT units into position. He was only known as APD codename "S-23" in the police log of the shooting.
Sgt. Lockey also performed CPR on the deputy shot in the leg during the pursuit, Robin Hopkins. The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office said Hopkins has been released from the intensive care unit and will undergo multiple surgeries to repair her leg.
Officer Daniel Morales was shot twice in the leg and officer Matt Hannum was shot once in the leg during the pursuit. A fellow officer used a belt as tourniquet on Hannum.
During a search warrant of Chase's home, Chief Banks said officers found a note on the door with someone's name and phone number, but did not release any additional information.
Friends of Chase said he left them notes saying he knew Saturday would be his last day.