Hours after hundreds protested the Albuquerque Police Department’s use of force Tuesday evening, officers opened fire on a man near Central and Coors. The man died at the hospital, police said Wednesday morning.
Neighbors at the scene of Tuesday’s shooting were shocked and outraged. They said officers shot the man while he was unarmed and talking on a cellphone.
Several said this morning that the man was armed but that he did not ever point or shoot at officers. They said he had the gun to his own head.
Franchesca Coffee said she watched the confrontation from her apartment, which is across a small courtyard from where the shooting happened.
“They tried to say that he shot at them? They’re full of it. I saw the whole thing. He was no threat whatsoever,” she said.
A video shot by a neighbor appears to show a man in a white shirt on a porch holding a cellphone to his right ear before dropping his arm to his side in the seconds before shots ring out. The man appears to fall to the ground after the sound of the gunfire.
Neighbors said they heard three to five shots.
Officers responded to 911 calls saying the suspect had pointed a gun at a child shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday at a home on the 200 block of 60th NW, Eden said.
He said the man “exited (the house) with a firearm and fired it,” before officers returned fire.
A woman at the scene could be heard screaming around 1 a.m. and two mobile crime centers were parked on the street.
Eden refused to take questions at the early morning news conference, saying another press conference would likely be scheduled for before noon today.
Fabian Chavez, a neighbor who lives across the street from the shooting said he heard family members “begging” officers not to shoot their relative around 11 p.m. and shouting expletives.
He also saw uniformed officers armed with what he described as assault rifles at the scene, and he heard one officer telling the person to put their hands up.
“Not even a minute later, they just shot him,” Chavez said.
He did not see whether the person shot was carrying a weapon, but heard four distinct gunshots
He also said he heard a man’s voice shout “Fuck you! Just do it!” before shots rang out.
Between 10 to 15 minutes later, he saw an ambulance carry the person away.
“I didn’t expect this to happen for them to shoot him right away,” he said.
Eden said the Bernalillo County Sheriffs Office and New Mexico State Police were on scene helping with the investigation.
It’s the department’s second officer-involved shooting under Eden, who was appointed police chief last month.
The shooting comes on the heels of another officer-involved shooting in the Sandia foothills last Sunday that left a mentally-ill, homeless man dead. That shooting sparked local and national outcry. Hundreds marched on APD headquarters Tuesday evening, with organizers calling for indictments of the officers involved.
Story credit: Albuquerque Journal
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