ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Contingents of law officers searched an Albuquerque area Wednesday night after a police officer was shot multiple times and critically wounded.
The shooting occurred around 7:45 p.m. near Walgreen's at the junction of Central and Eubank, in the eastern part of the city near Interstate 40, police said.
Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden said the initial investigation showed that the officer, an eight-year-veteran, was shot during a traffic stop.
He was hit multiple times and was undergoing surgery, Eden said. His name was being withheld until relatives are notified.
"For me, this is a terrible day. A terrible day," Eden said at a news conference, during which he also announced a suspect in the road-rage shooting death of a 4-year-old girl had been arrested.
Eden didn't provide any details about any possible suspects in the officer's shooting, but said the shooter was considered armed and dangerous remained at large.
He urged residents in the area of the store to stay inside with doors and windows locked, and to call 911 about anything suspicious.
"Pray for his (the injured officer's) family, and help us catch this suspect," he said.
He said Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies and the state police assisted in the search.
Eubank has been closed from Central Avenue to Interstate 40.
AP writer Bob Seavey in Phoenix contributed to this report.