- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A police officer in Rio Rancho was shot Monday night and authorities said there was no word on the officer’s condition.

The shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. on Southern Boulevard near a library, police spokesman Capt. Paul Rogers said.

He told the Albuquerque Journal (https://bit.ly/1erq02M ) that the officer was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital. He said he didn’t have the officer’s condition.

Local news reports quoted police as saying the wounded officer was man and that no suspects were in custody.

Rogers told the Journal that police were investigating if the incident began in a restaurant parking lot where an officer may have confronted the driver of a vehicle, who then drove away with the officer in pursuit.

Elijah Ortiz y Pino, 15, said he was coming around a corner on his bicycle when he heard a siren and then four gunshots.

Pino said he saw an officer lying on his back in the roadway near the curb and a man was administering CPR.

It was not known who found the officer.

“Somebody called out ‘officer down’ on the radio,” Rogers told the newspaper.

He said it marked the first shooting of a Rio Rancho police officer since the founding of the department in 1981. The city is just north of Albuquerque.

Police spokesmen did not return calls from The Associated Press for further information.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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