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Police shoot, kill man near busy shopping area

Albuquerque police at the scene of an officer-involved shooting at Eubank near Central Thursday afternoon. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Copyright © 2019 Albuquerque Journal

Multiple police officers shot and killed a man at a bus stop near a busy Northeast area shopping center Thursday afternoon – the second shooting involving Albuquerque police in three days.

Albuquerque Police Department Deputy Chief Harold Medina said it’s too early in the investigation to say whether the man was armed, whether he fired at officers or how many officers fired at the man. No officers were injured.

He said several officers responded to the bus stop in the 400 block of Eubank NE, near Copper, around 3 p.m. after passersby called 911 to report a man waving a gun.

Medina said officers arrived in a “force array” – wielding both lethal and less-than-lethal weapons – and “some sort of altercation” occurred with the man.

“Multiple police officers fired their weapons,” he said. “The individual did die on scene.”

April Gonzales said she was pumping gas at Sam’s Club – with her 9-year-old daughter and infant son in the car – when an officer sped into the intersection of Eubank and Chico, shutting down the road.

She said she didn’t think anything of it until several gunshots rang out, scaring her daughter, as they drove out of the parking lot.

“She said, ‘Mom what was that?’ ” Gonzales said.

At that point, she said, she saw a man’s body lying near the sidewalk by the bus stop with several officers standing over him.

“His eyes were still open and he was covered in blood,” Gonzales said. “He wasn’t moving at all.”

Dozens of police vehicles and crime scene tape blocked the western parking lot of the shopping center as a news helicopter buzzed high overhead. Two mobile crime labs parked on either side of the bus stop where the man’s body lay, and investigators took photographs of the scene.

Shoppers walked up to the edge of the tape to see what was going on as drivers pulled into the parking lot and cruised by to get a better look.

This was the second officer-involved shooting within 72 hours.

On Tuesday afternoon an APD officer shot and injured a man near Lomas and San Mateo NE after responding to reports of an individual driving erratically and waving a gun in the area.

Police say that when the officer caught up with the man, an altercation ensued and ended with the officer shooting him at least once.

A witness at the scene told the Journal that the man jumped on top of his car with his gun in his hand and was yelling.

Jacob Brundige said an officer ordered the man to drop his gun.

But the man continued waving the gun around in an aggressive manner and the officer opened fire, he said.

Journal staff writer Elise Kaplan contributed to this report.

 

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