APD: 1 injured in police shooting at apartment complex

APD: 1 injured in police shooting at apartment complex

Police were called to an apartment complex in southeast Albuquerque because a man was reportedly pointing a gun at residents.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Police say a man outside the Eagle’s Nest Apartment complex in southeast Albuquerque was pointing a gun and threatening people.

When officers got there around noon Tuesday, they say he took off with the gun. 

Officers chased him, yelling at him to stop, and warning they would use force. Then, police say one officer shot the man multiple times. 

JP Lopez lives in the area and says crime off Girard and Gibson is getting worse. 

“I had a beautiful Dodge truck fairly new, and it got stolen three times,” said JP Lopez. 

But he didn’t expect Tuesday’s scene coming home from grocery shopping. 

“What went through my mind is there is probably something serious going on at those apartments,” said Lopez. 

“This is just another example of our officers having to deal with an armed repeat offender in the community who’s armed with a firearm, threatening the community,” said APD Chief Harold Medina. 

Police haven’t said if the man ever fired his weapon, but they say they have dealt with him before. 

He’s reportedly been arrested three times in stolen vehicles. Police were looking for him before those calls came in Tuesday. 

“The individual also had two felony warrants out for his arrest, has a history of fleeing and evading officers, and it is still early in the investigation. We’re still trying to piece this all together,” said Medina. 

Lopez says while he doesn’t always like what happens on his block, it’s still home.

“This house is well-equipped, just the way I want it. They’re not going to chase me away. They’re not,” said Lopez. 

Police have not released the name of the suspect involved in Tuesday’s shooting yet.