Community steps up to support police after Saturday's shootout

Posted at: 10/28/2013 5:42 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

One restaurant found their own way to help on Saturday.

On Saturday, most businesses near 4th and Montano closed since they were blocked off with police tape.

But Mario's Pizza opened their doors to help officers get through the day.

Mario's Pizza had been getting ready to close on Saturday.

"Nobody can get in or out, we don't know what's going on, the officers tell us it's gonna be, the roads are gonna be shut maybe all day," Joe Burgarello of Mario's Pizza said.

But when APD asked if some officers could get a bite first, they opened their doors and promised to keep them open until the officers finished their work.

"We knew they'd been working all day long, and working hard," Burgarello said. "They needed restrooms, they needed a place to sit down and we had our banquet room that was perfect for them."

They expected 50 people at first but ended up serving BCSO and paramedics too.

"We had a mass amount of people there that the business wasn't really realizing were going there," Albuquerque Police Officers Association President Stephanie Lopez said.

With just a few employees, they took care of more than a hundred people. Burgarello says it wasn't a tough decision. 

"I have a lot of friends with APD and we been around a long time and we've always supported APD and the fire department," Burgarello said. "The people that support us, we do whatever we can to support them."

Mario's Pizza didn't tell anyone what they did. APD officers contacted KOB Eyewitness News 4 to say thank you.