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Shot man had history with police


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.

Officers who arrived at the scene Sunday were given some information about Boyd’s past, including that he’d had run-ins with police and what police dispatchers said was a “reported … paranoid schizophrenic,” according to logs of communications between officers in the field and dispatchers. That information was provided through APD’s information-gathering tool known as the Real Time Crime Center.

Dispatchers also told officers arriving at the scene that Boyd was a “transient that is known to frequent public libraries” and that he had an “extensive criminal history of aggravated battery on peace officers in various jurisdictions.”

Boyd, in past dealings with police, has told officers that he was “God” or has declined to give his full name, offering pseudonyms like “GOF243” or “Abaddon Mobus,” which is listed in at least one case document as Boyd’s alias. It’s unclear what that name refers to, though “Abaddon” is the name of an angel leading an army of locusts in the New Testament and “Mobus” is the name of a fictional planet in Star Trek.


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