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Albuquerque Police Fatally Shoot Man Armed With Assault Rifle

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Identities of officer, victim released

Albuquerque Police this morning released the identities of the officer and a man who refused to put down a gun that ended in the man being fatally shot.

Alexei Valerevitch Sinkevitch, 37, died at University Hospital last night after he approached officers with a rifel and refused to put it down. The officer involved was David Sprague, who works the NW Area command.

Details from this morning’s newspaper.


Sunday evening’s story:


The shooting is APD’s thirteenth this year, the ninth that resulted in a fatality.

APD Chief Ray Schultz said the situation started when officers responded to reports of a Jeep Cherokee that struck four parked cars in a Northwest Albuquerque neighborhood. People living in the area were able to describe the Cherokee and give a license plate number. Police traced the license to a home at 6509 Tierra Prieta NW and went there to investigate. Upon arriving, Schultz said the officers heard someone inside but no one answered the door.

APD dispatchers called the home telephone line and instructed the man who answered the phone to go outside and meet officers empty handed.

But the man came out of the house carrying an assault rifle, Schultz said, and ignored the officers’ commands to drop the weapon. The 37-year-old man approached officers with the rifle, and one officer shot the man several times.

The man was transported to University of New Mexico Hospital where he died.

Schultz said police are not identifying the man or the officers involved in the shooting yet.



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