ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Incident began with reports of intoxicated man brandishing gun in NE ABQ.
An Albuquerque man was shot and killed by police Thursday night after
brandishing a high-powered rifle during a standoff with police,
Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz confirmed.
Police on Friday said the name of the individual killed was Chris Hinz. He was 43 years old.As of late Thursday, police had not yet positively identified the man, who died outside his home on the 5500 block of Carruthers NE.
The incident began at about 8:30 p.m. when police received several calls reporting that an intoxicated neighbor was walking around outside with a firearm, Schultz said. When officers arrived, the garage door was open, but they couldn’t see the man.
Schultz said officers repeatedly tried to make contact with the armed man, but got no response. While officers were outside, they heard gunshots coming from inside the home and again tried to make contact with the man. A couple of minutes later, they heard more shots inside the house, and a tactical team was call in.
Despite additional attempts to make contact with the man, police got no response. At that point, police spotted the man walking inside the house with a high-powered rifle, Schultz said. He said they tried making contact again.
Schultz said that at that point, the man came to the front door but refused to come out. A few minutes later, he exited the garage armed with the rifle and began approaching officers, Schultz said.
“Officers felt it was necessary to take action,” he said, adding that two senior tactical team officers fired. The chief said at least one of those shots hit the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers then entered the house and found no one inside. They did, however, find numerous firearms.
A portion of Carruthers near where the shooting occurred was expected to be blocked off until later this morning.
The two officers will be on standard paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
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