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Police: Albuquerque officers shoot, injure suspect who tried to ram them with stolen vehicle


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Albuquerque police say 10 officers are on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into a shooting that wounded a suspected car thief who tried to run them over.

Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says investigators are trying to determine how many of the officers may have fired their weapons during Thursday night's incident.

Officers open fired at Rodrigo Garcia after they said he drove directly at them in a stolen SUV. Police Chief Gorden Eden says he believes one shot struck Garcia, who underwent surgery and is in critical but stable condition at an Albuquerque hospital.

A female officer who was struck by the stolen SUV was treated and released.

Police say Garcia has a lengthy criminal history. He has been arrested three times this year, including twice in May.

Espinoza says Garcia had just bonded out of jail on May 21.

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