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Two Albuquerque Police Officers and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy Shot in Ambush, Suspect Killed in Shootout

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Two Albuquerque police officers and a Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy were shot and the suspect killed Saturday during a wild string of shootouts stretching from downtown Albuquerque to the North Valley.

Local media reports that the police officers were lured into an ambush by a gunman armed with an assault rifle. After the officers were shot, the gunman fled in a police car and was pursued by police and sheriff’s deputies.

The gunman then shot the sheriff’s deputy during the chase before he was killed by return fire.

It has been a particularly violent week for New Mexico law enforcement officers. On Monday a gunman wounded a State Police officer in the leg near Roswell, and late Thursday another state officer took a bullet to his stomach during a raid in Española. Return fired killed the suspects in both incidents.

The officer shot near Roswell has been released from a hospital while the officer shot in Española remains hospitalized.

A Roswell Police Department officer directing traffic near Monday’s shooting scenes suffered critical injuries when he was hit by a car.

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