VIDEO: Shoplifter Running From Cops Suddenly Draws Gun, Opens Fire

Bodycam footage captured the moment that Charles Purvis opened fire on an Albuquerque police officer.

Albuquerque, NM Bodycam footage captured the moment that a gunman opened fire on an Albuquerque police officer during a foot pursuit in a Walmart parking lot (video below).

The incident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, when police received a report of a shoplifter inside the Walmart store, KOAT reported.

Officer Brock Knippwrath and Officer Kyle Frederickson who was still in training responded to the scene, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

The officers approached the suspect, later identified as 23-year-old Charles Purvis, near the stores automatic doors, but he refused to acknowledge their presence, and continued making his exit.

Dont do it, one officer told the suspect, as the doors began to slide open, the video showed.

Officer Frederickson ordered Purvis to stop and reached out to grab him, but he took off sprinting out the doors and into the Walmart parking lot.

The officer followed close behind as Purvis raced past vehicles parked in the crowded lot, tossing his backpack aside along the way.

Approximately 30 seconds into the clip, with Officer Frederickson closing in, Purvis drew a handgun and fired at him, the video showed.

The officer stopped to draw his duty weapon.

Purvis continued shooting and widened the gap between himself and the officer.

Get on the ground! Get on the ground! Do it now, another officer yelled, as Purvis sprinted away across an empty portion of the lot.

None of the officers were injured, and none of them returned fire, Albuquerque Police Officer Simon Drobik told the Albuquerque Journal.

As the officers waited in an alley for backup, Officer Frederickson asked Officer Knippwrath if he would have been justified in returning fire during the chase, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

It absolutely would have, Officer Knippwrath replied, according to the news outlet. Absolutely, he just tried to kill you.

"We're damn lucky an officer didn't get killed tonight, Officer Drobik commented during a press conference early Friday morning. After looking at that video, I can tell you that."

Police quickly established a perimeter between Copper and Chico, and Conchas and Eubank, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

SWAT officers, K9 units and a helicopter also responded to search for Purvis, who was ultimately apprehended inside an abandoned residence approximately six hours after the shooting occurred, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

Purvis has been charged with one count of aggravated assault, and two counts of assault with intent to commit a violent felony using a deadly weapon against a police officer.

He was well-known to the Walmart employees as being a frequent shoplifter.

Purvis criminal history included charges of receiving or transferring stolen motor vehicles, battery, and shoplifting, KOB reported.

You can see the bodycam video below:

Comments (22)
No. 1-15
BruthaV
BruthaV

I believe Albuquerque Police Department's reticence to return fire/use force is due, in large part, to the neutering of the APD's by Marxist Progressives Eric Holder, Thomas Perez (current Chairman of the DNC) & Vanita Gupta, and the rest of the Department of Justice (https://www.abqjournal.com/149437/we-will-leave-no-stone-unturned.html), by forcing APD to drastically change their use of force policy (https://www.justice.gov/usao-nm/pr/justice-department-reaches-agreement-city-albuquerque-implement-sweeping-reforms-use). I also attribute APD Officer Daniel Webster's death (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/albuquerque-police-officer-shot-during-traffic-stop-dies-n454161) directly to this same policy. Officers were so afraid to pull, let alone use, their firearms, that they were attempting to use non-lethal force as a first step -- which, in many cases, either doesn't work, or is met with lethal force by the perpetrator. I wonder if the ripple effect of the DOJ mandated reforms were in the back of the minds of these fine officers. Thank God they were not harmed.

Caddis
Caddis

The trainee should be terminated for failing to return fire. The exception would be if doing so would have endangered civilians. Second guessing using deadly force is deadly....to the officer and other nearby officers.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Being unsure of the propriety of returning fire against someone who is shooting at you indicates one of two things. The rookie officer's training was either deeply flawed or he didn't learn something which was indeed taught and it didn't register with him. Either the training or the officer needs correction.

RPG156
RPG156

Its difficult to tell from the video. When a rookie officer asks whether he was justified in shooting at someone that was shooting at him, it usually indicates an unresolved philosophical or religious issue in their minds. One that must be strongly considered before putting on the uniform and hitting the streets. Otherwise, not only are they a danger to themselves, but to their fellow officers and the citizens that may need them to react instantly. I've come across this a few times when field training. It just needs to be worked through and resolved before he hits the streets again. Its not a career-ender unless he/she decides that they can't take a life to save their own.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Should have shot the fucker as soon as fired at them. Anyone who thought that was wrong is an idiot.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

And this is a direct result of the liberal agenda of neutering our police, nationwide, and allowing criminals to escape the consequences of their actions. Of course, since he's a white male, there will be no community outcry of "brutality" etc....nor will the media publicize this for that same reason. Now that rookie .......it's either a training issue, or a moral issue. When someone is shooting at you, and you can return fire WITHOUT endangering the general public, you RETURN FIRE !

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Lets see how long it takes before one of the thugs family members or friends makes the claim that he is actually a good boy and it is the cops who are at fault.

308Rem
308Rem

I don't like the play Monday Morning Quarterback but they should have returned fire. If you can return fire without endangering anybody else then you return fire. His mission was to shoot and kill the police he didn't think twice.

Mic911
Mic911

I'm with 308 on this one, but in this business someone shoots at you, return fire! Seconds count and those seconds can mean the difference between you going home or your family without you. Stay safe out there, keep your heads on a swivel and watch each other's six!

stooge819
stooge819

The young officer needs retraining. I'm glad they're okay.

angeleyes
angeleyes

So sorry the budding murderer got away. Once your life is in danger, you have the right to protect yourself and everyone else. Not good to let an armed thug get away. Officer was close enough to use less non-lethal and lethal force. Usually try not to be a fb officer, but am throwing out my two cents, for what it's worth.

Aaron57
Aaron57

And this is what the political b.s. is doing to officers in training. An officer in training wasn't sure if he was justified to RETURN fire...

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I wonder if stricter federal gun control law would have prevented this dangerous situation.

TransportAl
TransportAl

Once again I go back to the philosophy of if you have never been in that situation then shut up. Seems like a whole lot of people say heshould have done this or he should have done that most of them have never left mommas basement. He is a brand new officer and Im pretty sure that was the last thing he was thinking when he was chasing a shoplifter. Next thing you know hes being fired at. Most of you would have had to go home to change your underwear.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Boogers Allday - Gee, I wonder if they executed thieves like the Romans did in Jesus' time there would be a lot less tomfoolery?