APD: 1 critically injured following police shooting near 98th and Central
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A suspect accused of car theft is in critical condition after Albuquerque police shot him during a chase Thursday near 98th and Central.
According to a criminal complaint, 35-year-old Efren Ramirez stole a Toyota pickup truck reported missing from a long-term storage unit last month, along with “11 firearms and thousands of rounds of various types of ammunition.”
Chief Harold Medina said that pickup was spotted near Lomas and San Mateo Thursday evening. Officers tried – but failed – to make a traffic stop.
“There was initially two occupants,” Medina said. “One exited the vehicle at one point in time. Air support chose to continue to follow the vehicle with the driver and the second subject was lost.”
Investigators said the driver, Ramirez, led police all the way to 98th and Central, where he ditched the pickup truck and ran behind a supermarket.
Police said he was armed and appeared to be trying to shoot. Four officers fired their weapons, leaving Ramirez critically injured.
“A firearm was recovered on the scene,” Medina said. “You could actually see it on the air support video immediately.”
The second suspect has not been identified.
A multi-agency task force is now investigating the case and will forward it to the District Attorney’s Office to determine if charges are necessary.
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