APD Cop Shoots…Cop During $60 Drug Bust

The APD just can’t stay out of the news.

This time, though, they didn’t shoot a “civilian.”

From the Albuquerque Journal:

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It was an undercover operation to bust two men for selling $60 worth of methamphetamine, but things didn’t go as planned.

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An Albuquerque police lieutenant shot a fellow officer who was working undercover in a McDonald’s parking lot near Central and Tramway just before noon Friday.

Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden said Saturday the male officer remained in critical condition at University of New Mexico Hospital. He is in the intensive care unit and has undergone multiple surgeries.

As of this morning, the detective who was shot is still in critical condition after having a third surgery yesterday.

So far, the APD is not identifying the lieutenant who fired the shots, the officer who was shot, or the other officer who suffered minor injuries during the sting.

But, KOAT is reporting the following:

According to the criminal complaint about a drug bust in that area, undercover detectives Jacob Grant and Holly Garcia were trying to buy $60 worth of meth from Edmond Vester and Damien Bailey. The detectives picked up Vester and Bailey and headed over to a motel by Tramway Boulevard and Central Avenue to buy the drugs.

Garcia was driving, Bailey was seated in the front passenger side and Vester sat in the rear passenger seat.

The complaint stated that Vester went into the motel to get the drugs and then returned to the car. Once Garcia was given the drugs, she signaled for the other officers to come in and make the arrests.

Witnesses said they saw officers swarm the vehicle and then heard at least four gunshots. The undercover officer was rushed to the hospital.

The complaint does not mention the shooting or say if anyone inside the car had a weapon. Police don’t know why shots were fired.

During a news conference on Saturday, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden said…

“Undercover narcotics work is probably some of the most dangerous work that we do in law enforcement.”

Which begs the question…

Is it worth it?


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