Police: Albuquerque officer shot at suspected SUV thief, women and child in car; No injuries


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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — An Albuquerque officer has been placed on paid leave after authorities say he shot at a man suspected of driving a stolen SUV who "recklessly fled the scene."

Albuquerque police say the officer fired his weapon a number of times Monday at a vehicle that also had two women and a 5-year-old child inside.

According to investigators, police spotted the stolen vehicle in an apartment parking lot and the officer fired shots after the suspect ignored commands and fled the scene.

Police say the driver crashed into a truck and the women and child got out of the car. The mother and the child were taken to a nearby hospital.

Authorities say the suspect and the other woman fled the scene.

The name of the officer was not released.

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