Just a day after a district attorney announced murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers, authorities said another city police officer fired his weapon Tuesday night. But authorities declined to say if anyone was killed or if anyone was shot.
Albuquerque Deputy Chief Robert Huntsman told reporters that an officer fired shots and that multiple suspects were connected. But Huntsman said no officers were seriously injured, and he gave no details on what led to the shooting.
"There are no outstanding suspects," Albuquerque police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza said. "The department's multiple taskforce is in route."
Police closed part of an eastern Albuquerque street while officers combed through the area.
Officer Tanner Tixier told the Albuquerque Journal that at least one suspect was taken into custody and police weren't searching for anyone else.
Patrick Dowless, who lives near where the shooting took place, told that Journal that he saw what he believes is a body lying near the scene of the shooting.
"I heard 11 to 14 shots and heard screeching tires and sirens, so I knew something was happening," Dowless said. "I went outside and saw lots of officers running towards a body and some running the other way. The officers were standing over the body but when the paramedics arrived they stood up right away."
Tuesday's shooting marks the department's third this year and comes a day after Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced that she was seeking murder charges against two officers for the March shooting of James Boyd, a 38-year-old homeless man who authorities said suffered from mental illness.
Last week, police say Lt. Greg Brachle shot and critically wounded by a fellow officer during an undercover drug bust. Police Chief Gordon Eden said preliminary information shows both officers were working undercover and were in plain clothes when the shooting happened.
Earlier this month, Albuquerque police officer Lou Golson fired his weapon after he was shot and wounded during a traffic stop. Authorities say Golson is in stable condition at a hospital. The suspect, who was not injured in the shooting, is being held on attempted murder and other charges.
The shootings also come as the city of Albuquerque and the U.S. Justice Department are working to finalize an agreement to overhaul the police department following a harsh report on its use of force. The agreement now is before a federal judge, and both sides are working to approve a monitoring team.
In addition, Albuquerque police had been under scrutiny for more than 40 police shootings since 2010.