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Albuquerque Police Department Deputy Chief William Roseman said that APD officers shot and killed a man near Eubank and Central Tuesday afternoon.
The suspect was identified late Tuesday as 33-year-old Jeremy Robertson.
Roseman said Robertson had a weapon, but did not say whether he pointed the weapon at officers or whether the Robertson fired the weapon.
Roseman said two shots were fired, but didn’t say who fired the shots.
Roseman ended the press conference without answering questions from reporters.
Robertson was wanted for parole violations in connection with two charges of receiving/transferring a motor vehicle.
Chief Gorden Eden was on the scene, but did not speak to reporters. Deputy City Attorney Kathryn Levy also was present.
The Office of the Medical Investigator arrived on the scene shortly after 5 p.m.
Kaharie Reese, 18, was getting a sandwich at a Subway near Eubank and Central around 2:50 p.m., when he said he saw about seven officers chasing a man through the restaurant’s parking lot. The man jumped over a fence and Kaharie lost sight of the man. Kaharie said he then heard one gunshot.
Crime scene tape was wrapped around an overgrown, vacant lot on the northwest corner of Eubank and Central and at the Giant gas station on the southeast corner of the intersection.
APD officers have shot and killed 27 men since the beginning of 2010. It is APD’s fourth officer-involved shooting since the Department of Justice issued a report finding that APD has a pattern of excessive force.
On April 21, APD officer Jeremy Dear shot and killed 19-year-old Mary Hawkes near Zuni and Wyoming when police said she threatened Dear with a gun after fleeing from a stolen vehicle. Lapel camera video that might have captured the encounter was not retrievable, and the company that makes the cameras, Taser International Inc., later was unable to determine why.
On May 3, 50-year-old Armand Martin was shot and killed by APD SWAT team officer Daniel Hughes after police said he fired numerous shots into the neighborhood of his Ventana Ranch West home.
On May 22, officers Ryan Graves and Brian Fuchs shot and killed Ralph Chavez, who police said wielded a bloodied box cutter and approached officers, asking them to shoot him. Chavez encountered officers after slashing at the throat of a man he got in an argument with near Second Street and Interstate 40.
APD has made several changes to the way it does business, and promised that more changes are in the pipeline, to comply with the DOJ recommendations, including prohibiting officers from carrying personal weapons, implementing more rigorous reporting after less-lethal force is used, and changing its use of force police to forbid officers from disabling vehicles by shooting at them.
The city and the DOJ are in the midst of negotiations to craft an agreement, which will eventually be enforced in federal court, to ensure that each of the reforms the DOJ identified as necessary are implemented. Those reforms include revamping APD’s training structure and internal accountability systems.
— This is a developing story, and we have a reporter at the scene. This post will be updated with additional information as soon as it becomes available.
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