Video shows fatal shooting with armed carjacking suspect
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – We now see how a deadly shooting involving Albuquerque police unfolded.
In early April, a suspect hijacked a man with a gun, then led officers on a subway chase that ultimately ended in a shootout. KOB 4 viewed several setback videos and witness interviews from that day.
Undercover agents were already in the area when they received the call:
“Hello, I would like to report a stolen vehicle.
“Your vehicle was stolen? »
“Yes sir, I just got robbed at gunpoint.”
Isaac Saiz told a dispatcher he was waiting to leave an apartment complex near Osuna and Seagull when he was hijacked by a gunman.
“Then I just heard my door open, and I was just sitting looking at my phone, and then some guy cocked the gun and put it to my face, and he said, get out of the car and get out of here.”
Officers soon arrived to meet Saiz, where he described what his car looked like and the suspect, saying they couldn’t have gotten very far.
“My car, it wouldn’t accelerate past 25.”
Knowing this, officers immediately began searching the parking lot of the apartment when they said they found it. One of the responding detectives described what he saw:
“He just waves at me because we’re like T-boned. He walks right past and there’s no tint in the window and he just waves, and then he walks past me, I slip behind him.
The detective is able to confirm that it is the stolen car and they pursue him. Finally, the suspect gets out of the car.
“I hear them screaming, like a foot chase, he’s on the pedestrian bridge.”
The reverse video then shows officers pursuing the suspect, who was in an arroyo near Spain and Eubank. The officers see the suspect running and then you can hear gunshots being fired at the officers. The officers take cover and return fire, beating the suspect. According to the police, he was killed and the weapon he used was found near his body.
Weeks later, New Mexico State Police identified the suspect as 20-year-old John Withers.
Court documents reveal Withers had a lengthy criminal history, including previous charges of armed robbery and auto theft.
No officers were injured in the shooting. But it was the second shooting involving officers in less than two weeks apart.