Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Probe of fatal APD shooting continues

Gunfire followed car, foot pursuit

* Executive Producer: Melissa Dosher
* Web Producer: Bill Diven

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - One man is dead, another gone from the scene and an Albuquerque police officer is on leave.

The officer fatally shot Andrew Lopez, 19 early Sunday morning after he led Albuquerque police officers on a high-speed car chase lasting 11 minutes.

Police said Lopez had a gun.

After stopping near 51st Street and Rincon Road NW, Lopez and his unidentified passenger jumped out and ran away. Officers caught up to Lopez in a dark area.

Lopez then turned on one of the officers in an aggressive manner with something in his hand, according to Albuquerque Police Department spokesman John Walsh

The officer fired shots in response.

Police are still looking for Lopez's passenger and the gun they believe was in the car.

The officer who fired the shots has been identified as Justin Montgomery, 28, who has been with APD for 2 1/2 years.

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