ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico on Wednesday called for the immediate release of lapel camera footage – along with an independent investigation – in the Albuquerque Police Department’s latest fatal shooting.
Police shot and killed 33-year-old Jeremy Robertson, who was wanted for parole violations stemming from stolen motor vehicle charges, on Tuesday after he allegedly pulled out a gun during a short foot chase at a busy intersection.
The Albuquerque Police Department released a little more information late Wednesday afternoon, saying it was called to help the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms find Robertson. Federal agents believed he illegally had a gun.
They found him driving a stolen van but later lost track of him, before finding him again at the Giant gas station on the southeast corner of Eubank and Central. He recognized one of APD’s plain-clothed detectives, according to APD, and ran north across Central while pulling a gun out of his waistband. He ran north of the Valero gas station on the intersection’s northwest corner and through a field toward a bordering neighborhood. More APD officers arrived, and Robertson “posed an immediate threat to the officers,” which is when two officers fired, APD said.
Police have not described what that immediate threat was, and have not said if Robertson pointed or fired his gun at officers.
The officers who fired have not been identified by police.
An APD spokeswoman had said a news conference might be held Wednesday, but the department never called one.
It’s the second time Robertson has been shot at by APD, and the first time officers have shot at the same suspect in two different incidents in recent memory. APD officer Russ Carter shot at Robertson’s tires during a car chase in Rio Rancho where the Repeat Offender Project was tasked with serving a warrant in January. Robertson was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on a police officer in that incident. He was released from jail in May on his own recognizance.
Robertson had a long rap sheet. He twice pleaded guilty to receiving/transferring a stolen motor vehicle, once in 2012 when police found him with a stolen 1991 Acura, and once in 2013 after he police found him with a stolen 2000 Nissan Frontier. Police said he violated his parole in those cases, which is why they were looking for him Tuesday.
It was the 27th fatal APD shooting since early 2010.
A group of around 10 clergy and community members on Wednesday gathered around the spot where Robertson was killed, which was marked by a small candle put out by a neighbor.
“We ask how long, how long will this go on? We pray for all who are broken by these acts of violence,” said Matthew Miller, a local pastor.
Journal staff writer Patrick Lohmann contributed to this report.