UPDATE: JAN 4, 2015 @ 8:25am
Albuquerque Police Chief Gordon Eden told reporters that the officer was shot at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The motorist exited his vehicle and began shooting at the officer.
The officer, who has not been named, was able to return fire despite having been shot twice. The suspect fled the scene on foot.
Whether the suspect was hit remains unknown.
He is described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic man standing about six feet tall.
The police officer went under surgery Saturday and is doing “very well,” according to Officer Simon Drobik.
“This is the day-to-day calls to service officers take,” Drobik said. “This is a 30-year veteran that just did a typical car stop and he got shot in the line of duty.”
The officer was equipped with a body camera that recorded the incident, KRQE reports.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is helping with the investigation and has offered a $7,000 reward for information leading up to an arrest.
Police request that anyone with information about the shooting to call investigators.
INITIAL REPORT: JAN 3, 2015 @ 2:54pm
An Albuquerque police officer was shot and injured while making a traffic stop in northeast Albuquerque early Saturday morning, according to a police department spokesman. The Officer pulled over a suspected drunk driver around 2 a.m. on the Northeast side of the city.
As the Officer approached the vehicle, the suspect opened fire. The officer was able to shoot back but it is unclear if he hit the perpetrator. A massive manhunt is on for the suspect who fled. Click on pictures for larger preview.
The Officer, a 30 year veteran of the force, is stable and expected to survive.
Police say they are searching for a clean-shaven, white or light-skinned Hispanic man, about 6-feet tall, who was wearing a dark jacket, dark jeans and a brown baseball cap.