Lapel video released of man who shot at police Thursday; suspect identified
August 24, 2018 08:50 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque Police have identified the man arrested Thursday afternoon after shooting in the direction of officers in northeast Albuquerque.
No officers were injured, APD says, but it took several hours for them to finally apprehend 23-year-old Charles Purvis after setting up a perimeter. Officials say it began when Purvis shoplifted items from the nearby Walmart.
SWAT and air support assisted officers in their search of the area.
Purvis has a brief criminal history that includes charges of shoplifting, receiving or transferring stolen motor vehicles, and battery.
APD also released lapel video of officers pursuing Purvis on foot for close to a minute in the parking lot before he can be seen reaching for his gun and firing in the officer's direction.
"We have viewed the lapel video," APD Spokesperson Simon Drobik said on Friday morning. "We're damn lucky an officer didn't get killed tonight. After looking at that video, I can tell you that."
Updated: August 24, 2018 08:50 PM
Created: August 24, 2018 10:00 AM
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