Undercover cop shot by head of narcotics department in meth drug bust outside McDonald's

By Andrew V. Pestano

ALBUQUERQUE, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- An undercover police officer was shot multiple times by another cop in Albuquerque, N.M., in a problematic drug bust attempting to arrest two suspects for selling $60 worth of methamphetamine.

The shooting took place in a McDonald's parking lot. The undercover police officer was shot by Lt. Greg Brachle, an 18-year-veteran and the leader of Albuquerque Police Department's narcotics unit.


In a criminal complaint, charges were filed against the two suspects in the drug investigation. The complaint also identifies the undercover officers as detectives Jacob Grant and Holly Garcia, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Jacob Grant is the officer who was shot by Brachle.

Officers Grant and Garcia bought methamphetamine from suspects Damian Bailey and Edmond Vester. Details have not been released about the circumstances of the shooting other than plans in the operation were changed last-minute and the undercover police officers had to reveal themselves as police after a perceived threat emerged.

The suspects were taken into custody for drug trafficking charges.

The shooting took place Friday. Grant underwent multiple surgeries and remains in critical condition as of Monday.


Albuquerque Police Department is still investigating the incident.

Recently in Albuquerque, two officers were charged with the murder of a mentally ill homeless man.

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