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Police question truck driver who fled along with man shot by police

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Police found Thursday the third and final person involved in the alleged scheme to sell stolen musical instruments, a scheme that ultimately ended in a fatal officer-involved shooting Tuesday night near Menaul Boulevard NE and Louisana Boulevard.

Officers had been looking for Michael Betz, 42, since Tuesday night after he fled in a black S-10 Chevrolet pickup truck as Parrish Denison, 41, fled from the truck on foot, prompting a two-hour manhunt that eventually resulted in Denison’s death.

Denison, who wielded a handgun, was shot three to four times at a cafe in a complex that also houses a Chili’s Restaurant on Menaul, police said.

Betz told police that he met Denison about two weeks earlier and asked Betz’s girlfriend, identified yesterday as Lisa Robles, 30, to sell a bass guitar and banjo that later turned out to be stolen at the Music-Go-Round on the 7000 block of Menaul.

Betz told police that he assumed the items were stolen. Police have not yet charged Robles or Betz but might do so in the future, an Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman said in an email. Betz was however wanted on outstanding warrants and was booked into Metropolitan Detention Center.

Late yesterday, 3/7/13, detectives located the male subject who drove the black truck that fled the Music-Go-Round.

When a police officer arrived shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday night at the music shop, Denison promptly fled from Betz’s truck, Betz told police. Betz also said he didn’t plan on fleeing when he saw the cop, but, when the officer began to pursue Denison, Betz decided to drive away.

He came back around in hopes of picking up Robles, his girlfriend, but he told police too many officers were already at the scene.

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