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Albuquerque’s most recent shooting death is looking to be a case of friendly fire.
Police say Ahmond Bridges, 36, and Michael Baisden opened fire at some onlookers at an East Central hotel Saturday morning before Baisden stepped in front of Bridges and was fatally struck by bullets.
Baisden was pronounced dead at the hospital soon after and Bridges is now charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of tampering with evidence.
Bridges, who police say is a convicted felon from Alabama with multiple counts of attempted murder on his rap sheet, is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court:
Police responded around 11:45 a.m. to a fight outside the Four Hills Studios in the 12900 block of Central, west of Tramway. Arriving officers were told a man, later identified as Baisden, had been shot and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Witnesses told police two men were “kicking, punching and pistol whipping” another man in the parking lot before a mailman in the area yelled at them to stop. The two men believed they were being yelled at by onlookers outside an adjacent mobile home and, within minutes, both men opened fire.
As the men were shooting at those outside the mobile home, witnesses said, one man stepped in front of the other and was shot before being loaded into a truck and driven away. Soon after, police say Bridges showed up at the hospital with a fatally wounded Baisden.
A man at the hotel told police Baisden and Bridges attacked him after his girlfriend, Bridges’ sister, made domestic violence allegations against him. The man said both men beat him “for nearly 20 minutes” inside an apartment and threatened two others at gunpoint when they tried to intervene.
The man told police the pair left, but then returned, dragged him outside, and beat him in the parking lot until someone yelled at them. He said the two men got distracted, arguing with those at a nearby mobile home, and he ran back toward the apartments as Baisden and Bridges started shooting.
After being detained, Bridges refused to speak with police and requested a lawyer.