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Albuquerque police: Detective wounded by fellow officer improves but faces more surgeries


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Authorities say an Albuquerque police detective who was shot and critically wounded by a fellow officer during an undercover drug bust is improving.

Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says the detective, identified Monday as Jacob Grant, has had three surgeries in recent days and more are scheduled.

Authorities say Grant and Holly Garcia, another undercover detective, were conducting a narcotics operation on Friday when the shooting occurred.

Police say they were in a vehicle with two suspects in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. Unmarked police vehicles surrounded the car just before gunfire erupted.

Espinoza says something happened inside the car that forced Grant to reveal he was an officer. That's when Lt. Greg Brachle fired the shots.

Police are still investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting.

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