ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque Police Department officer who shot and killed a man after an hours-long manhunt in March 2013 will not face criminal charges, the District Attorney’s office announced Friday morning.
SWAT team officer Anthony Sedler shot and killed 41-year-old Parrish Dennison on March 5, 2013 after police said he had a gun and fled, hiding behind a bush in northeast Albuquerque before the fatal confrontation.
Police were initially called to the area because a woman was trying to sell a stolen banjo at Music Go Round near Menaul and Louisiana. Police found two suspects in a car in the parking lot. One of them drove away, while the other — later identified as Dennison — fled on foot, jumping onto the strip mall’s roof. Police say he pointed a handgun at officers before losing them.
It’s unclear if Dennison pointed the gun at officers before he was shot.
The Department of Justice, which found APD violated residents’ civil rights through its use of force after an investigation, criticized the SWAT team in its report released last April, saying the team lacked leadership and accountability.
The District Attorney’s office has never pursued charges against an officer involved in a fatal shooting.