Man who shot police in NM had 'cop killer' tattoo

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Associated Press

Posted on October 27, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 7:03 PM

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a man who wounded Albuquerque law enforcement officers during a high-speed chase through the city had a tattoo labeled "cop killer."

Albuquerque police on Sunday identified the gunman as 35-year-old Christopher Chase, and Albuquerque television station KOAT reports (http://bit.ly/HnCiZX ) that he was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle.

Three Albuquerque police officers and a Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy were wounded Saturday.

Chase stole a police car after firing shots at officers. He continued firing during the chase, and died after crashing the car at a gasoline station.

Authorities said it's uncertain whether he died from shots fired by police and the motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

A sheriff's deputy is in the intensive care unit of an Albuquerque hospital, and one police officer remains hospitalized.

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