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UPDATED: APD officers shoot, kill armed man

Multiple law enforcement agencies are at the scene of a possible officer-involved shooting near the Sheraton Uptown located at Louisiana and and Menaul NE in Albuquerque, NM, the evening of March 5, 2013. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)
Multiple law enforcement agencies are at the scene of a possible officer-involved shooting near the Sheraton Uptown located at Louisiana and and Menaul NE in Albuquerque, NM, the evening of March 5, 2013. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)
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FOR THE RECORD: This story incorrectly reported that Police Chief Ray Schultz said the suspect was not pointing his gun at officers when he was shot. Schultz said Tuesday that officers fired when the armed suspect turned toward them after trying, and failing, to kick in the door of a business.

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By Patrick Lohmann/Journal Staff Writer

Three Albuquerque police officers fired shots that killed a man Tuesday night as the man was running toward the entrance of a Northeast Heights hotel with a silver handgun, Police Chief Ray Schultz said.

Although the man had a weapon, he was not pointing it at officers when he was shot, Schultz said.

However, Schultz stressed that the man had pointed the gun at officers several times during their two-hour pursuit of him, and they feared he was a threat to police and the public as he headed toward the Sheraton Hotel in Uptown, Schultz said in a late evening news conference.

He called it “a very unfortunate event, but a very dangerous event” because it was early evening and there were people in the area.

Police were not releasing the names of the dead man or the officers. The officers were placed on administrative leave, which is standard.

APD Officer Ronald Clipp stretches yellow crime tape at the scene of the APD officer-involved shooting near Menaul and Louisiana NE on Tuesday March 5 ,2013 . (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

APD Officer Ronald Clipp stretches yellow crime tape at the scene of the APD officer-involved shooting near Menaul and Louisiana NE on Tuesday March 5 ,2013 . (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

The incident began when police arrived at the Music-Go-Round store, 7116 Menaul NE, on Tuesday evening after a woman tried to return a stolen guitar and banjo to the store. The items had been stolen from the business earlier in the day, Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

Two men were waiting outside in a truck while the woman tried to return the instruments. The driver left, while the other man fled, when an officer arrived. Police chased the man, who climbed on top of a strip mall, Schultz said. He praised a sergeant who did not fire his weapon — even though the suspect was pointing a gun at him — for fear that people in the area might be hurt.

A helicopter that was called out spotted the man, who was hiding between a hedge and the front of car.

When the man emerged and started moving in the direction of officers, one officer fired a shot, Schultz said. He ran to the Sheraton, kicked a door and pivoted toward officers.

That’s when police fired the other two shots, then released K-9 officers and set off flash bangs.

Schultz said the man was lying on the ground, with the gun still in his hand and his finger on the trigger.

The chief asked the public to be on the lookout for a black, two-door Chevy truck with a New Mexico license plate and back-end damage.

The shooting comes as the department is under a federal investigation related to alleged excessive force cases, according to The Associated Press. It was the city’s 18th fatal officer-involved shooting since 2010.


 

5:53am 3/6/13 — APD officers fatally shoot gun-carrying man

By Patrick Lohmann/Journal Staff Writer

The police chase in the Uptown area Tuesday night ended when three Albuquerque police officers fired shots that killed a man as the man was running toward the entrance of Northeast Heights hotel with a silver handgun, Police Chief Ray Schultz said.

Although the man had a weapon, he was not pointing it at officers when he was shot, Schultz said.

However, Schultz stressed the man had pointed the gun at officers several times during their two-hour pursuit of him, and they feared he was a threat to police and the public as he headed toward the Sheraton Hotel in Uptown, Schultz said in a late evening news conference.

He called it  “a very unfortunate event, but a very dangerous event” because it was early evening and there were people in the area.
Police were not releasing the names of the dead man or the officers. The officers were placed on administrative leave.


Two employees of the Music Store tell the Journal they heard a flash grenade at about 8:30 p.m. They say the noise, and a flash of light was about a block from the store near Beauchamp jewelers at Menaul and Louisiana. A few seconds later, they heard two gunshots within seconds of each other.

They said there were about 15 officers at the scene, eight to 10 of whom were SWAT officers.

“It kind of escalated really quickly,” employee Tim Plath said. “Before we knew it, everything was locked down.”


9:07 p.m. – The SWAT situation near Menaul Boulevard NE and Chama has ended with an officer-involved shooting, APD spokesman Robert Gibbs said in an email.

Gibbs did not release any information about the circumstances behind the shooting, but he said APD Chief Ray Schultz will give a briefing in about an hour.

Keep with ABQJournal.com for updates.


Police have deployed SWAT and a department helicopter to find an armed man who fled from a music store on the 7000 block of Menaul Boulevard NE on Tuesday evening.

Officers have locked down the Sheraton Hotel and a nearby Chili’s restaurant while they pursue the man. Traffic is being diverted around the search perimeter, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman said in an email.

The spokesman said police arrived at the Music-Go-Round when a woman tried to return a stolen guitar and banjo to the store. The woman was arrested, but both of her male accomplices have fled.

One man waited outside in a truck while the woman tried to return the instruments, and he fled when officers arrived. A second man, who was inside the store with the woman, fled on foot and was seen hold a weapon, possibly a handgun, the APD spokesman said.

Officers chased the man east on Menaul but lost sight of him near Chama NE, the spokesman said. The hotel and restaurant were then locked down and the SWAT situation emerged.

 

Keep with ABQJournal.com for updates.

- Read More: APD Under Fire, in-depth coverage of the DOJ’s investigation into APD

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