Posted at: 03/18/2013 7:36 AM
Updated at: 03/18/2013 2:36 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
An Albuquerque police officer is recovering after being shot late Sunday night during a series of investigations happening in the neighborhood surrounding Ross Street between Ortiz and Palomas near San Mateo and Gibson.
"I just heard three pops," said Warren Shaw, a neighbor living behind where it happened.
"They said a cop got shot and I said that's messed up, because we need more cops to protect and serve our areas, areas like this especially."
Police say the officer was brought to UNM Hospital for an emergency surgery but is now doing okay.
APD said it will not release the name of the officer, but said he has been with the force for one year and is engaged to be married.
Police say around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night, they responded to a call concerning a woman screaming. That turned out to be a domestic violence situation.
While they were there, a group of people came up and reported a theft of a Playstation. The officers investigated both situations and the area became crowded with people. During that time, an officer was shot in the back.
"By the time I was getting ready to stick my key in the door I heard pop pop," neighbor Philip Valdez said. "And next thing I know an officer's running, went inside, back upstairs, all sorts of cops outside, it was crazy."
No suspect has been found.
Three casings were found at the scene, meaning the suspect shot at the officers three times, police said.
Police say the officer who was shot is in good spirits and added that they are interviewing witnesses. The investigation is ongoing.