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Albuquerque police: Suspect killed after shooting 3 people

March 15, 2022 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police officers fatally shot a suspect Monday after responding to reports of a shooting on the city’s northeast side in which two people were injured and a woman was found dead on a street in a residential area, authorities said.

Police said the suspect, whose name wasn’t immediately released, is believed to have shot all three victims before being killed.

Police Chief Harold Medina said two officers also were hurt while exchanging gunfire with the suspect, but their injuries were not life-threatening. One officer was hit by shotgun pellets below his protective vest, and the other was grazed above the eye.

Authorities had cordoned off a neighborhood as they warned residents to stay indoors and advised drivers to keep away while officers searched the area Monday afternoon.

Medina said officers found a woman with a gunshot wound when they arrived on the scene around 2:30 p.m. They heard shots nearby and made their way up the street to find a man with a gunshot wound to a leg and one woman who was fatally shot in a car.

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Police said the male suspect was killed following an altercation with officers outside a house and two handguns were found at the scene.

Medina said multiple officers fired their weapons and will be placed on standard leave while the case is investigated.

Investigators planned to work through the night to piece together what led to the violence and whether the suspect knew the victims.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said during a briefing that it marked another example of gun violence in the city, which had a record number of homicides in 2021.