A man was arrested after shooting at an Albuquerque Police Officer during a foot pursuit on Saturday. The officer sustained a superficial wound, but did not need a hospital transport for his injuries.
Authorities say police were in the area conducting an operation due to recent increases in crime. An officer attempted to make contact with the suspect, 33-year-old Johnny Gallegos, and a foot pursuit ensued. During the foot chase, Gallegos fired multiple rounds at an officer, striking the officer but only causing a superficial wound. The officer was able to shoot back during the chase but did not hit the suspect.
The suspect barricaded himself in a refrigerator at an apartment complex and the SWAT team was called in. The tactical team was able to successfully use chemical munitions, K9, and flash-bang devices to take Gallegos into custody without further incident.
“We’re very fortunate that the officer was able to survive this incident as several shots were fired at the officer,” interim Police Chief Harold Medina said during a briefing.
Police say Gallegos was on probation for aggravated battery, armed robbery, battery on a peace officer, and a felon in possession of a firearm.
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