ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In last Sunday’s fatal shooting, an officer fired multiple rounds from a beanbag gun at the suspect before another officer fatally shot him as he rushed at the officers with a 10-inch claw hammer, interim Albuquerque Police Chief Allen Banks said Friday.
Banks provided the first detailed account of the shooting at a news conference Friday afternoon.
He said that a 7-Eleven clerk at University and Central had called 911 around 9:30 p.m. after Andy Snider, 37, got into a fight with another person in the store. Banks said that after police found Snider, he ran into an alley. When Snider ignored officers’ commands, officer Nathan Cadroy shot him “multiple” times with a beanbag gun.
“Snider put his hands in his jacket and refused the commands of the officers,” Banks said. “Snider began to run toward officer Cadroy with the hammer raised above his head. Cadroy immediately began to back up, and shot several more beanbag rounds as Snider sprinted toward him.”
Banks said Officer Hector Marquez, who joined the department three years ago, shot Snider at least once in the torso. Snider was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Banks said Snider was a few feet away from the officers when he was shot. Neither officer has been in an officer-involved shooting before, Banks said.
During the news conference, Banks showed a still image from Marquez’s lapel video that showed Snider with the hammer, but he said the full video wouldn’t be released until the investigation was over. None of the lapel video from any of the past five shootings has been released.
“Once the investigation is completed … we absolutely will release that,” Banks said. “We want to make sure that we remain within the laws of IPRA, and as soon as we can release them we will.”
According to Banks, the situation began when an unidentified man went to southeast Albuquerque to buy meth, then picked up two women and Snider, who convinced him to drive to 7-Eleven to sell an “item.” Banks wouldn’t say what the item was.
An argument ensued when Snider thought the man stole the item from him, and Snider threatened him with the hammer, after which the argument continued and 911 was called.
Banks said Marquez and Cadroy, who responded within minutes, both knew that Snider had a hammer before they pursued him. The supervising sergeant told the officers to use a beanbag gun.
“He asked the officers to deploy with less than lethal force, but a hammer is a deadly weapon,” Banks said.
The shooting was APD’s fifth in six weeks and the eighth of the year. The Department of Justice is investigating whether APD has a pattern or practice of violating citizen’s civil rights, specifically through the use of deadly force.
Banks said there’s no underlying cause for the uptick – he said officers can’t predict what will happen.
“We go out on a daily basis and we can’t predict what somebody who’s in crisis, somebody who wants to attack and go after police officers, will do,” Banks said. “You just don’t know.”
Police are still looking for one of the women who was involved in the initial incident, and have interviewed the other woman and the person Snider allegedly assaulted. Banks asked that anyone who saw any part of the incident contact police.