Charges of assault against a law enforcement officer were dismissed against 38-year-old James M. Boyd on at least two occasions because of the defendant’s mental incompetency, according to online District Court records.
Boyd, who was fatally wounded by Albuquerque police in the Sandia Foothills on Sunday, has had run-ins with local police since as early as 2001, including one instance in late 2010 when officers tried to remove him from a public library. Boyd allegedly struck an officer, possibly breaking her nose, according to a criminal complaint.
He’s also been charged for allegedly smashing windows in his cell at the county jail and one corrections officer shot him with pepper spray in 2007 after police said Boyd punched the guard in the stomach, according to a criminal complaint.
In 2005, police arrested Boyd after they saw him chasing after a man and trying to beat him up, according to a criminal complaint. Boyd told officers he was “God” and wanted to hurt the man. Boyd also claimed to have been “God” in other instances, according to the court documents.