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Man shot and killed by police was armed, APD says

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man is dead after at least one Albuquerque officer opened fire while responding to a residential burglary call in an East Central apartment around midnight Sunday, according to a police department spokesman.

“Those officers were confronted with an individual with a weapon, a male,” officer Simon Drobik said at a news conference Sunday morning. “At least one officer fired upon that offender.”

Officers were called about midnight Sunday to Luna Lodge, a historic motel converted into affordable apartments on Central east of Wyoming.

A Lodge resident said he called 911 to report that a “suspicious character” wearing a hoodie was inside of a vacant first-floor unit in the complex.

“He saw me, and I presumed because he saw me, he left the property,” the neighbor said, “but when I doubled back, I heard a kick and he entered through the door.”

The neighbor helped direct officers to the apartment, and, later gunshots rang out, he said.

“Things went south very, very fast,” he said.

After the shooting, police from multiple agencies descended on the property, and they remained on site through most of the morning.

Drobik said a multi-jurisdictional task force is looking into the officer-involved shooting – the first for the Albuquerque Police Department under interim Police Chief Michael Geier’s leadership.

Geier appeared, but did not speak, at the brief news conference Sunday morning.

“It’s gonna be a huge investigation for us,” Drobik said.

Police have not released the name or other details of the man who was killed. Nor has the department released additional information about how many officers or which officers fired duty weapons.

By Sunday evening, the door of the apartment, located in a newer section on the northwest side of the complex, was boarded up and crime scene tape had been taken down.