Albuquerque police release video of Lt shooting detective in undercover operation

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 6:28 AM

The Jan. nine, two thousand fifteen video was made public late Thursday, a day after the city announced a $6.5 million settlement with Jacob Grant, who's had more than a dozen surgeries and faces more medical problems as a result of the shooting.

Albuquerque police release video of Lt shooting detective in undercover operation

Albuquerque police released graphic body camera video Thursday from an undercover drug bust that shows a chaotic and emotional scene unfurl as Lt mistakenly shoots a fellow detective, hitting him eight times and damaging most of his vital organs.

The Jan. nine, two thousand fifteen video was made public late Thursday, a day after the city announced a $6.5 million settlement with Jacob Grant, who's had more than a dozen surgeries and faces more medical problems as a result of the shooting. The city agreed to pay the detective’s medical expenses for life.

Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden in a statement described the shooting as a tragedy and said the community and the dept were deeply affected.

"As tough as it's to look and review this video, it's imperative we memorise from it," the chief said. "We immediately upgraded undercover officers' training and equipment following this operation and improved supervision, communication and our procedures."

The video shows officers descending upon a car that contained Grant, another undercover officer and two suspects from whom they were going to purchase worth of drugs.

Grant'south supervisor, now-retired Lt. Greg Brachle, approaches and opens the rear passenger door where Grant is sitting. He yells "gun, gun, gun" and begins shooting. After ducking behind his truck, Brachle remerges and another officer says it was Grant who was shot. Brachle realizes the error and begins to scream obscenities and curse at himself.

Brachle asks Grant if he’s OK and Grant says no. He ten helps Grant out of the car and lays him down on the pavement in the parking lot of the quick food restaurant where the sting occurred.

In distress, Brachle repeatedly screams Grant'south title as other officers call for paramedics.

"Jacob, man, hang in there bro. I thought you were a horrible guy," Brachle said before running back to his truck and grabbing a medical kit.

Brachle retired before a police oversight board recommended that he should be fired. Brachle also missed a pre-operation briefing the morning of the bust.

Brachle'south lapel camera shows him driving to the scene. On the police radio, detectives are heard describing what the two suspects are wearing and where they're sitting in the car.

The video also shows the chaos that ensues following the shooting. Brachle and other officers are using special seals to treat Grant'south gunshot wounds before he'south taken by ambulance to Univ of New Mexico Hospital.

The district attorney'south office is still reviewing the video and other proof to define if Brachle will face any charges.

Eden said Wednesday the dept has made several policy changes and has focused on changing how they approach undercover operations, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

The shooting came just days after another Albuquerque police officer was shot and wounded by a suspect during a traffic stop and as the city and the U. S. Justice Dept worked to finalize an agreement to overhaul the police dept following a harsh report on its utilize of force.

The newspaper reported there are about thirty police shooting incidents by Albuquerque police officers, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies and deputy U. S. marshals in which the district’s attorney hasn’t decided whether the officers will face charges. Some of them date back to 2013.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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