The moment an Albuquerque lieutenant realized he mistook an undercover cop for a suspect in a drug bust and shot him nine times, he shrieked, “I didn’t know it was you … I thought you were a bad guy,” startling new video shows.
Lt. Greg Brachle got out of a pick-up truck, approached a black car with tinted windows and, when the person he thought was a suspect opened one of the rear doors, he repeatedly fired off his gun, the shocking lapel cam footage released by the City of Albuquerque shows.
The man turned out to be undercover detective Jacob Grant, 38, who wasn’t wearing body armor at the time of the January 2015 nearly fatal mix-up—he lost 80% of the blood in his body and suffered injuries to all of his major organs.
“I’m sorry!” Brachle frantically screams, before he yells out a string of expletives: “Oh s–t that was Jacob!” Holy s–t it’s Jacob! F— me!”
“Are you okay?” Brachle asked the wounded cop, to which he responds: “No.”
Brachle retired after the Police Oversight Agency recommended that he be fired.
The video was released the day after the city of Albuquerque, N.M., shelled out $6.5 million to Grant in a settlement.
Grant has undergone multiple surgeries and has been in and out of the hospital since the incident, according to local network KOAT.
The city also agreed to pick up his medical expenses for the rest of his life and he’ll be given medical retirement.
“My family and I wish to express our profound gratitude to the community, my fellow APD officers, Chief (Gordon) Eden and my medical staff,” Grant said.
Grant’s family received numerous donations, which will now be set aside for other injured officers and charities, KOAT reported.
The Police Oversight Agency said Brachle made several clumsy mistakes that resulted in the nearly lethal shooting.
Brachle had not attended a briefing for the drug bust, but responded to it anyway when he heard it was happening, according to KOAT.
Brachle, who had responded to hundreds of drug busts, should have also been tipped off to who Grant was based on where he was sitting — in the back seat, behind the driver — the agency said.
It is standard operating procedure that a cop drives a bust car as his partner sits behind him for safety.
“It should have been evident to Brachle where Grant was in that car,” Edward Harness, executive director of the Police Oversight Agency, told KOAT.
Brachle was involved in another shooting in 1998, when he shot a man who was leaving his house with his arms in the air after Brachle responded to reports of a dispute — the man survived and filed suit.