Police shooting in homicide probe is detailed - Albuquerque Journal

Police shooting in homicide probe is detailed

Aerial footage shows David Martinez running into Broadway SE and up to a red truck in the seconds before police shot him. (Source: Albuquerque Police Department)

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Adam Porras was killed at an apartment complex on Cardenas SE near Gibson on July 10.

A month and 10 days later, police shot a person of interest in his death. David Martinez, 26, was critically wounded.

His mother told the Journal he was put on life support after the incident but is recovering.

“He might not make a full recovery but he is going to recover from this,” Tonya Crocker said.

She said she still has a lot of questions about what happened and thinks there is more to the story.

In a press briefing releasing details about the shooting Thursday, Albuquerque Police Department Deputy Cmdr. Kyle Hartsock with the Criminal Investigations Division said detectives from a specialized apprehension unit were looking to talk to Martinez in relation to Porras’s death. Martinez was wanted on an unrelated felony probation violation warrant.

Hartsock said the detectives found Martinez on Aug. 20 in the 1800 block of Arno SE, near Kathryn and Broadway. He was getting into a car and pulling out of the driveway.

“They approached the property on police vehicles and on foot,” Hartsock said. “Mr. Martinez changed directions inside the vehicle, drove through the yard and through a fence in the back part of the yard. He got out of the car, armed with a rifle and started to flee police on foot.”

David Martinez

He said Martinez climbed over fences and ran through yards until he got to Broadway. An officer shot him with a less lethal option, but it did not stop Martinez, Hartsock said.

Aerial footage of the incident shows Martinez running into the street and up to a red truck that had stopped.

That’s when Sgt. Josh Richards and Detective Luke McPeek fired, striking Martinez in the head.

Richards, the supervisor of the Gun Violence Reduction Unit, has been with APD since 2008 and was involved in a shooting in 2016. McPeek, with the investigative services division as part as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Task Force, has been with APD since 2012 and was involved in two shootings in 2013. APD typically releases photos of officers who were involved in shootings but in this case did not because Richards and McPeek are part of sensitive units.

“What both the officers who fired stated in their interview was that they saw and believed that he was going to carjack that red truck that was coming to a stop …,” Hartsock said. “And they were afraid for the safety of that individual as well as the general public that was around and themselves.”

Hartsock said police are still investigating where the gun came from. Martinez has been charged with aggravated assault, attempt to commit armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He had been released from the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe on June 25, 2021, and put on parole supervision, a Corrections Department spokesman said.

Police Chief Harold Medina said Martinez was an example of someone who should have been in jail or better monitored.

“I think that we need to be very cautious on how we’re releasing individuals back into the community and our ability to monitor and ensure that they’re not going down this bad path,” Medina said.

As for the death of Porras – that’s also still being investigated.

“It’s still open and active,” Hartsock said. “I’m sorry, but right now that’s all we’re going to say on it because there’s still other leads we’re following up on. But we’re confident to call him a person of interest in that case.”


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