Monday, January 5, 2015

APD asks public for help in identifying suspect who shot officer


Updated: 01/04/2015 10:26 PM | Created: 01/04/2015 9:07 PM
By: Stephanie Claytor, KOB Eyewitness News 4
It’s been nearly 48 hours since an Albuquerque Police officer was shot on San Mateo Lane near San Mateo Blvd and Montgomery. It happened during a traffic stop around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
A department spokesman tells KOB all of the information gathered by detectives has been given to all APD employees; that information includes leads on potential suspects.
The US Marshals, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New Mexico State Police, and Bernalillo County Deputies are all out looking for the man APD believes shot its officer.
"Right now, the biggest help we need is identifying the suspect," said Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden.
Sunday, Eden identified the officer who was shot as Officer Lou Golson, a 31 year veteran with the department. Eden said Golson was one of the department’s best DWI officers.
"We have received confirmation from the US Attorney's Office that they are looking at possible federal charges in this case. This is a very serious case," said Chief Eden.
Chief Gorden Eden said the DWI traffic stop was caught on Officer Golson's lapel camera. The FBI is reviewing the video so the department has only released still shots from the video to the media.
"I have seen the video,” Chief Eden remarked. “The video lasts just a very few seconds. The officer exited his vehicle. He approaches the vehicle, shots are fired. The officer returned fire, and the suspect fled."
Eden said even though the lapel camera was functioning properly and recorded the incident, it hasn’t been helpful since the area was not well lit.
“The resolution on these photographs is not what we need to help us identify the suspect," said Chief Eden.
Surveillance video in that area is a dead end.
"We did survey the local businesses and we have not been able to locate any surveillance video that helps us," said Chief Eden.
Chief Eden confirmed investigators found the suspect's handgun at the scene. He also confirmed the SUV was stolen from an Albuquerque car lot on Friday. The gun and the SUV are now being processed for evidence.
Chief Eden describes the suspect as a white or light skinned Hispanic man, in his late 20s or 30s, wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket, and a baseball cap at the time of the shooting.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is offering a $7,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
If you know who he is, call APD at 242-COPS or the FBI at (505)-889-1300.



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