ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque police officer has been shot by another officer in a busy area of town. According to Chief Gorden Eden said they were both undercover.
Chief Eden said a detective was shot during an undercover narcotics operation by another Albuquerque police officer. He said both have been with the department for several years and they were both working in plain clothes when it happened.
“That officer is in surgery and is being treated at UNM Hospital. His condition is critical,” Chief Gordon Eden said. “The department is very thankful for the support and prayers of the community for this officer.”
Police aren’t releasing the names of the officers involved in the shooting right now and would not say how many times the undercover detective was hit.
They also are not saying much about how this all played out.
Witnesses told KRQE News 13 that three unmarked undercover units surrounded a black car in the parking lot of the McDonald’s near Four Hills around 11:40 a.m. and officers got out of their vehicles.
They said the officers tried to get a man into custody when they heard several gunshots.
Some witnesses said there were five shots. That’s when they saw a man being carried off in handcuffs.
“Within about five minutes, it was really fast, we didn’t know what was going on we figured there was so many police officers there must have been some kind of shooting or something a lot of cops showed up really fast,” Jeremy Hanlon said.
Police do say the two drug suspects are in custody.
They couldn’t say if the suspects pulled a gun on officers or if they even had a weapon.