08/19/2005

Two Albuquerque police officers fatally shot; one man arrested

The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Two police officers were fatally shot when they arrived to pick up a man on a mental health evaluation, authorities said. One man was arrested.

"Members of the Albuquerque Police Department and the Albuquerque community have suffered a tremendous loss," Police Chief Ray Schultz said early Friday.

The officers had 20 years of experience, Schultz said. Their names were not released.

Police arrested a man about an hour and a half after the shootings, but did not release his name.

Authorities said the suspect was hospitalized. Television station KOAT said the man was injured when his motorcycle skidded.

A man making a pizza delivery in the area Thursday night said he heard two exchanges.

"The first was eight or nine shots, really fast, like boom, boom, boom, then a short pause and like three or four more shots," Shawn Spruce told the Albuquerque Journal.

The last shooting involving Albuquerque police was in March, when two officers were wounded after a traffic stop.

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