Chase, Chilling Shootout in New Mexico Caught on Police Video
(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Albuquerque, N.M., police have released video showing a high-speed chase between officers and a suspect who was killed in an exchange of gunfire. The shaky lapel video details the tense Oct. 26, 2013 incident including the officers’ radio communications about the shooter, identified as 35-year-old Christopher Chase.
The officers can be heard being told to take out the shooter if the opportunity presented itself, and watchers can hear their distress when fellow officers are shot.
The video released Tuesday shows officers shooting at Chase, and an injured officer being treated by colleagues while the incident is ongoing.
The incident started when a body armor-clad Chase told members of the public to call police and tell them that he was awaiting them.
Chase was carrying an assault rifle, and fired upon the first officer to show up, stealing his police cruiser and leading police on a chase through Albuquerque, according to ABC News affiliate KOAT Action 7 News. Chase managed to shoot three Albuquerque officers and one Bernalillo deputy before he was killed by police.
All four survived, but the deputy, Robin Hopkins, said in a December interview that her recovery would take time. A bullet severed an artery in her leg. “As far as my leg, it’s going to be awhile…I still have about two more surgeries coming up,” Hopkins told KOAT then.
Chase reportedly had the words “cop killer” tattooed on his knuckles, KOAT reported. According to the Albuquerque Journal, Chase was shot eight times. The paper said Chase’s autopsy results were revealed Tuesday. Investigators haven’t found a motive for the rampage, KOAT reported.
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