Video: Albuquerque officer shot at suspect 8 times

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Newly released lapel video shows an Albuquerque officer shooting at suspected carjacker eight times as the armed suspect was running from police.

The video released Monday by Albuquerque police also shows that four shots came after 34-year-old Joaquin Ortega had tossed his gun during the October chase.

The video contradicts an original criminal complaint that says witnesses told police that Ortega threatened the officer with a handgun and was shot as he turned back toward the officer.

Police say the shots came from officer Brian Pitzer. It was his third shooting in six and a-half years with the department.

Ortega survived the shooting and faces a number of charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer.

Albuquerque police are under investigation by the Justice Department over several high-profile abuse cases. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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