ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three Albuquerque police officers fatally shot a man late Saturday after he allegedly pulled a handgun and pointed it at officers from the driver’s seat of a vehicle that police said he carjacked at gunpoint earlier that night, Police Chief Ray Schultz said.
The shooting followed a high-speed pursuit that began at the parking lot of a liquor store and ended when two police officer used their cruisers to pin the stolen pickup against a fence next to Cross Country Auto Sales, 5704 Lomas NE.
The three police officers fired “multiple shots” at the man after he refused to follow their commands to raise his hands and instead produced a silver revolver, Schultz said at a 2 a.m. news conference at the scene.
Police had not identified the dead man. Nor did Schultz identify the three officers who fired the fatal shots.
“All three (officers) observed him pull the handgun and point it at officers,” Schultz said. “A very volatile, very dangerous situation, obviously.”
Schultz said the fatal shooting also was witnessed by bystanders who were questioned by police at the scene.
The events that led to the shooting began about 9:50 p.m. when the man hijacked a pickup at gunpoint in the parking lot of Freeway Liquors at 2034 2nd Street NW, near Interstate 40, Schultz said.
Updated 7 a.m. — Albuquerque police officers shot and killed a suspected carjacker late Saturday night in the northeast part of the city, a police spokesman said. (Updated to note more than one officer fired shots at the suspect)
It was the fourth fatal police shooting this year. Three officers reportedly shot and killed the man, according to KOAT-TV. Police had not released the name of the man as of early Sunday.
The man had gang tattoos on the back of his neck, Police Chief Ray Schultz said a news conference after 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Based on preliminary information, a carjacking had occurred Saturday at Freeway Liquors near Second NW and Interstate 40, police spokesman Nelson Sanchez said.
Some time later, a police officer came in contact with the suspected carjacker on Lomas NE, near Palomas.
The officer shot and killed the suspect at that location.
There were no further details immediately available about what led up to the shooting, but police had cordoned off the area between the businesses of Cross County Auto Sales and the Bank of America on the south side of the street.
Lomas between San Mateo and San Pedro was blocked off to drivers late Saturday.
A witness on scene said the police activity at the shooting site unfolded about 10 p.m.
The incident would mark the department’s fourth fatal shooting this year.