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APD: Officers used less lethal force to take man into custody

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police officers used “less lethal force” to take a man into custody because they say he refused to put down a knife after threatening a woman in a Northeast Albuquerque park Friday afternoon.

Officer Daren DeAguero, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, said around 3 p.m. police were called to Conchas Park, near Candelaria and Eubank NE, because a man was pinning a woman down and arguing with her. He said the man had a knife in his hand.

“Officers arrived and make contact with the male and female,” DeAguero wrote in an email. “The female was able to get away as this was being done.”

He said after the woman was safe police tried to arrest the man but he refused to drop the knife. That’s when DeAguero said officers used beanbag rounds to take him into custody.

“The male is currently in custody and being charged with several felonies,” DeAguero said. “The female received minor injuries from the male but is refusing to cooperate at this time.”

He said the man was checked out by an ambulance but didn’t need to go to the hospital. He didn’t say what the man was charged with.

DeAguero said a nearby school was put on lockdown but was lifted once the man was in custody. He didn’t say which school.