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Melvin Tucker, a former FBI agent and police chief in North Carolina, who served as the Ellis family’s expert witness on police practices, testified that APD had numerous chances to prevent the shooting long before Lampiris-Tremba and Ellis crossed paths. Tucker said APD shouldn’t have hired Lampiris-Tremba after a city psychologist expressed “reservations” about him, and they should have fired him for lying in the years after he became a police officer.

APD rejected Lampiris-Tremba’s application in 1992. He applied again in 1997, and APD hired him.

In 2003, Lampiris-Tremba was suspended for a day after he admitted to lying on a time sheet. (Image: Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal.)