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Fatal shooting under wraps as probe continues

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Nora Anaya, left, gets a hug from Gwenyth Lewis after people, including clergy, met Thursday for a moment of silence and prayer in front of the home where a man was shot by a deputy U.S. marshal on Wednesday. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

Nora Anaya, left, gets a hug from Gwenyth Lewis after people, including clergy, met Thursday for a moment of silence and prayer in front of the home where a man was shot by a deputy U.S. marshal on Wednesday. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

A day after a fatal officer-involved shooting in southwest Albuquerque, no one is taking responsibility for providing the public with information on the incident.

A deputy U.S. marshal shot and killed a suspect in a home on Upper Meadow, near 98th Street and Dennis Chavez, at about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Law enforcement agencies haven’t released any other details about the shooting, including the gender and name of the suspect, whether the suspect had a gun and which agencies were there at the time of shooting. The U.S. Marshals Service and Albuquerque police have released short statements providing information about where the fatal shooting happened and that it would be investigated.

A woman at the home Thursday said a man who lived at the home with his family was shot and killed, but the family declined interviews.

There is a task force comprised of several law enforcement agencies investigating the shooting.

APD Chief Gorden Eden and Deputy Chief Robert Huntsman arrived on scene 20 minutes after the shooting was reported, according to police dispatch records. Marked APD vehicles made up much of the police response, and investigators were seen going in and out of APD’s mobile crime lab throughout the day.

Public information officers from all agencies on the task force other than APD said they weren’t leading the investigation.

Ben Segotta, a Marshals Service spokesman, said more details about the case had to come from the agencies on the task force, which is how information was released on other officer-involved shootings with deputy marshals in New Mexico this year.

“They are the only people investigating it and they are the only people who can answer your questions,” Segotta said Thursday.

APD Sgt. Ferris Simmons said APD was “never” going to release information on the shooting. She directed questions to the Marshals Service.

However, a different APD spokeswoman later released a short statement with the same limited information provided by the Marshals Service the day before.

Wednesday’s shooting was the fourth time a deputy marshal shot at a person in New Mexico this year.

On April 1, a deputy marshal shot a suspected fugitive in the South Valley. The BCSO investigated the shooting and released some information the day it happened, and more information was released a month and a half later in response to a records request.

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