ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police say Orlando Abeyta pointed what looked like a gun at passengers on an Albuquerque Rapid Transit bus just a couple of hours before two members of the police department’s gang unit saw him threatening people sitting at another bus stop on Central near San Pedro last month.
The officers fired 10 times and struck 28-year-old Abeyta four times. He died at the scene. Next to him they found what turned out to be a BB gun.
In a news conference Friday morning, Lt. Scott Norris of the Albuquerque Police Department’s Violent Crimes Section, laid out the events that led up to the Jan. 6 shooting.