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Video: Albuquerque Undercover Officer Critically Wounded in Blue-on-Blue Shooting

January 11, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Albuquerque Undercover Officer Critically Wounded in Blue-on-Blue Shooting

An Albuquerque undercover officer was shot and critically wounded Friday afternoon by a fellow officer during an undercover drug operation that reportedly involved the purchase of $60 of methamphetamine. The wounded officer's name has not been released.

Another officer was injured, according to the Albuquerque Journal, but the injuries were minor and the officer was released from the hospital. Police didn’t say how the second officer was injured.

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

Police haven’t released the name of the officer who was shot, the lieutenant who shot the officer, or the identity of another officer who suffered minor injuries during the operation. Criminal complaints filed in Metropolitan Court against the two targets of the investigation identify the undercover officers as detectives Holly Garcia and Jacob Grant.

"Undercover narcotics work is probably some of the most dangerous work that we do in law enforcement," Eden said during a Saturday news conference. "Due to the nature of those undercover operations it's impractical for those narcotics officers, those narcotics detectives, to wear body armor. It's very impractical for them to wear on-body cameras."


Comments (4)

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eodk9trainer @ 1/12/2015 3:40 AM

How tragic. Prayers to the injured officer. Undoubtedly mistakes were made and hopefully training will take place to make certain this never happens again.

kevCopAz @ 1/12/2015 6:44 PM

tragic. I agree obviously there ware mistakes made, hope they can be corrected. Why is a admin type (LT) even involved in a buy bust? Seems a bot strange for such a small bust.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/19/2015 1:40 AM

The brass should stay in their Office where they can't hurt anybody. There was no need for a ranking Officer to even be involved in a petty drug bust. My best wishes to the victims and to the Lt, everyone will have to live with their mistake.

Russell Berger @ 1/26/2015 4:55 PM

Why are officers making such comments about the lieutenant involved without knowing all the circumstances surrounding the incident instead of offering support to the officer who shot? Lieutenants do work undercover. Lieutenants co work the streets. Lieutenants are SWAT members. We may supervise a squad, but we are not. "The brass" you refer to. We are not all "admin types". Keep your focus.on the downed officer and think just got a moment how that lieutenant feels knowing he shot a fellow officer. Blue-on-Blue incidents are always tragic and in this case, we don't the facts. My prayers go out to the undercover who is I' critical condition, his family, and the lieutenant involved. If you want to criticize your own, turn In your badges and join those who hold up banners against the police because truly, you are not one of us.

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