APD identifies two men fatally shot by police - Albuquerque Journal

APD identifies two men fatally shot by police

Albuquerque police officers at the scene of a deadly officer-involved shooting near Carlisle and Prospect NE on Monday afternoon. APD and State Police officers responded to reports of an active shooter at a nearby motel. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

The Albuquerque Police Department has identified the two men killed by officers in separate shootings Sunday and Monday as Jason Perez and Abdias Flores.

APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos identified the two men in an emailed statement Wednesday but did not give any more details. No officers were injured in either incident.

Abdias Flores
Jason Perez, 36 (Courtesy of Allison Curtis)

The shootings happened over a 24-hour period.

Gallegos said the first shooting occurred Sunday around 7 p.m. after officers pulled over a stolen vehicle near Pennsylvania and Copper NE.

He said the driver, identified as 36-year-old Perez, shot at police before at least one officer returned fire. Police tried to save Perez but he died at the scene.

Gallegos said Perez has a Roswell address and has previously lived in Springfield, Mo.

The second shooting erupted Monday around 11 a.m. when officers responded to a shots fired call at a Motel 6, near Carlisle and Interstate 40.

Gallegos said 35-year-old Flores had already shot a rifle into hotel rooms and the front office by the time officers arrived.

He said a witness heard Flores fire at police before officers shot back. Gallegos said Flores was transported to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

There have been 10 police shootings in 2018, with seven of them proving fatal.

Flores’ family declined to comment.

Perez’s fiancee, Allison Curtis, said she holds no ill will toward the police.

“They’re doing their job … to take care of the community,” she said. “It’s just a bad situation.”

Curtis said Perez suffered with mental health issues and stopped taking medication when he left their home in Roswell for Albuquerque around August.

“He said ‘we need a little bit of time,'” she said.

Curtis said since then Perez, who previously served over a dozen years in prison, had fallen in with old habits, the wrong crowd and drugs.

“He had the potential to do good, but the road he knew was the wrong road,” she said. “And he kept falling back to it.”

Curtis said there were still glimmers of hope up until the last time they spoke, two weeks before police shot him dead.

“He would call and ask for help. I told him, ‘Just tell me where to go and I’ll be there,'” she said. “I didn’t get the call until yesterday.”

Curtis said it was a detective who called, taking her through the steps of identifying Perez over the phone, by his tattoos.

She said when he was on medication Perez was an entirely different person who enjoyed tattooing, loved his dogs and spending time with Curtis and her 11-year-old son Joshua.

He was loving. He was a good person, he just …” Curtis said, her voice trailing off. “Mental illness and addiction can kill a person.”


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