Albuquerque police officer fatally shoots woman

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque police have confirmed that the auto theft suspect shot Monday morning by an officer was a woman.

The woman's name has not yet been released. Officer Tasia Martinez says authorities are working to notify her relatives.

Police Chief Gordon Eden says the shooting happened during a chase. He says as the officer was running after the woman, the woman stopped, turned and pointed a gun.

No other details were immediately available.

The shooting is the third by officers in the troubled department in just over a month and the first on the heels of a federal investigation that faulted the department for excessive force and a culture of abuse and aggression.