ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Police Department officers shot and killed a man near Mesa and Gold Sunday night after responding to an assault call at the 7-Eleven on University and Central, according to police.
After arriving on scene shortly after 9:30 p.m., police located the suspect nearby, but he took off running, according to a police spokeswoman.
Interim Chief Allen Banks said that at least two officers were chasing the suspect on foot when he ran into an alley and confronted them with a weapon. Police would not say what that weapon was, how many times the officers fired at the suspect or how many times he was struck.
Banks said that one officer shot at the suspect with a bean bag shotgun before the suspect was shot with live ammunition.
The suspect was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The shooting was the Albuquerque Police Department’s fifth officer-involved shooting since late October and the eighth of the year. APD has shot and killed 20 men since 2010. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether APD has a pattern of violating people’s civil rights, specifically through the use of force.
The shooting comes a week after APD officers shot Shaine Sherrill in northeast Albuquerque following a domestic disturbance call. Police said officers believed Sherrill had a gun, but no gun was found at the scene. Interim Chief Allen Banks said during a press conference five days after the shooting that Sherrill may have been holding either a silver brake pad or a knife at the time he was shot.
Sherrill was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after the shooting. Banks did not have any information on Sherrill’s condition on Friday.