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Albuquerque officers involved in second fatal shooting in 24-hour period

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man who fired at officers and at least one other person was fatally shot in a Christmas Eve incident involving police at the Motel 6 near Carlisle and Prospect NE, according to Albuquerque Police Department spokesman officer Simon Drobik.

Albuquerque and State Police officers responded to reports of an active shooter at the motel about 11 a.m. Monday. One witness told police he had been shot at by the suspect.

“We received multiple shots-fired calls at the Motel 6,” Drobik said. “People were calling in.”

When officers arrived on scene, a confrontation ensued with the gun-wielding man and “officers returned fire,” Drobik said.

The man was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. As multiple officers were involved, it was unclear what gunshots proved fatal to the suspect.

The incident took place near the State Police headquarters on Carlisle. State officers responded when they heard shots coming from the motel.

No one else was injured in the incident. It was not immediately clear whether the man was a guest at the motel.

The investigation is ongoing, Drobik said. No officers involved in the incident have been identified. Drobik said there were still multiple officers from both agencies to interview who were on scene.

Police on Monday did not identify the man or say what his motive might have been.

Mike Fossenier, who was in town from Littleton, Colo., visiting his fiancee, said he was across the street when he heard sirens and noticed that officers were putting on vests and getting rifles out.

“All of a sudden we heard a lot of gunfire – about 15 or 20 shots,” Fossenier said. “We didn’t know what they were shooting at right away, but I looked up and saw a guy on the balcony, and he dropped when they were shooting. I don’t know if he was shot. I don’t know if he was taking cover, but when we saw him drop, we thought we better hide.”

Monday’s incident is APD’s second officer-involved shooting in less than 24 hours.

At around 7 p.m. Sunday, Albuquerque police shot and killed a man near Pennsylvania and Copper after he opened fire during a traffic stop, Drobik said. The man had been driving a “known stolen vehicle” when police stopped him.

APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said Monday that the driver refused to get out of the vehicle.

“The male shoots at officers and at least one officer returned fire,” Gallegos said. “The male exited the vehicle injured and officers provided lifesaving efforts on scene.”

He has not been identified and his family has not been notified.

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