A New Mexico State Police SWAT team officer on Tuesday shot and killed a man during a lengthy standoff at an an apartment complex in the far Northeast Heights, officials said.
APD officers had initially gone to the apartment on the 13000 block of Constitution NE, near Tramway and Indian School, this morning after receiving information that a man who fired shots at officers on Sunday night was there, officials said.
SWAT teams from State Police, the Albuquerque Police Department and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office shot numerous tear gas canisters into the apartment, officials said, as two men refused orders to come outside.
Family members at the scene identified the two men as brothers Kendall Vaughn and Mikey Vaughn. It was not immediately clear which of the men was killed.
During the standoff, which lasted more than four hours, one of the men fired several shots at police, officials said. So did his brother, who surrendered midway into the incident after police fired an initial volley of gas into the apartment.
After one of the brothers surrendered, police hit the apartment with a second round of tear gas grenades, officials said. As that unfolded, an APD SWAT team officer fired at least one shot from his rifle at the man who remained inside but missed, officials said.
More than four hours into the ordeal, the second man exited the apartment holding a gun. That’s when the State Police SWAT officer shot him once with with a rifle. The man died at the scene.
A man who had been involved in a lengthy standoff with SWAT team members at a far Northeast Heights apartment complex today apparently is dead.
Family members could be heard screaming: “My baby is dead!”
During the standoff, which lasted several hours, officers from at least three different law enforcement agencies were on scene: the Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico State Police and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.
Details are sparse at this point. We will post more information as soon as it becomes available.
Police officials are expected to brief reporters shortly.
Albuquerque police are reporting that one suspect has surrendered to police peacefully. Another suspect is still barricaded inside of an apartment and has fired multiple shots from within the residence.
As of 3:10 p.m., the shelter-in-place at Chelwood Elementary was lifted without incident. All students have been picked up from the school.
APS says all Chelwood Elementary students must be picked up by a parent or guardian today. Officials are advising parents or guardians to park at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 1500 Chelwood Park NE and walk to the school. There will be no bus service today. Children will not be allowed to walk home.
Parents should bring an I.D.
The SWAT situation at an apartment complex on the 13000 block of Constitution NE — near Tramway and Indian School — is ongoing. Top city officials — including Police Chief Ray Schultz, APD Special Investigations Commander Doug West, APD crime lab director Marc Adams and Deputy City Attorney Kathy Levy — have arrived on scene.
Meanwhile, the status for Chelwood Elementary School has been changed from lockdown to “shelter in place,” meaning students and staff are allowed to move around inside their classrooms. They are allowed to have organized and supervised restroom breaks, medical attention, food, and water if necessary. But no one is allowed in or out of the building.
Constitution is blocked off from Indian School to Chelwood Park in the area of the police activity.
Chelwood Elementary School is on lockdown as APD SWAT officers try to get two people to come out of a home on the 13000 block of Constitution NE, according to the APS website.
The Albuquerque Police Department’s SWAT team is “assessing” a situation at a home on the 13000 block of Constitution NE where two people are “barricaded” inside, according to an email from department spokeswoman Tasia Martinez.
No additional information is available at this time. ABQJournal.com will update when police release more details.