ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The chief prosecutor for Bernalillo County says an Albuquerque police officer was justified in returning fire from a suspected drunk driver who wounded the officer four times.
KRQE-TV (http://goo.gl/lE5HVo ) reports District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said in a letter to Police Chief Gordon Eden that Officer Lou Olson was clearly acting in self-defense in the January 2015 incident.
Olson was seriously wounded when Christopher John Cook shot the officer as he approached an SUV that turned out to be stolen.
Cook ran from the scene, was the subject of a three-day manhunt and is now in prison.
Court records indicate Cook pleaded no-contest to charges that included possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner and shooting at or from a motor vehicle and causing great bodily harm.