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Alleged domestic violence suspect in custody after NE ABQ SWAT standoff

Albuquerque police have blocked access to an apartment complex near Constitution and Pennsylvania. (Elise Kaplan/Albuquerque Journal)

Albuquerque police have blocked access to an apartment complex near Constitution and Pennsylvania. (Elise Kaplan/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police took a man into custody on a domestic violence charge after a SWAT standoff at an apartment complex near Pennsylvania and Constitution Tuesday evening.

Officer Luis Hernandez, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, said police were called to Pinewood Estates after 23-year-old Dustin Goodwin allegedly tried to prevent his ex-girlfriend from leaving his apartment. Firearms were involved, he said, and alcohol was a factor.

The woman was not injured, Hernandez said.

“She was able to open the door and walk away,” Hernandez said. “She walked to a nearby park, and he followed. Eventually he turned around and came back to the apartment. At that point she called 911 immediately.”

When officers arrived at his apartment, Goodwin refused to come out for a couple hours.The victim told police he had several weapons in his apartment and had schizophrenia and other mental disorders, Hernandez said.

Police blocked all access to the Pinewood Estates apartment complex at 1400 Pennsylvania NE while they attempted to negotiate with the man. Neighbors reported hearing “Dustin come out,” over a public address system.

Around 6 p.m., the SWAT team fired flash bangs toward the apartment. Police said on social media that a man was holed up in an apartment, but did not respond to calls or communicate directly with the media until after the situation was resolved.

Linda Bass, who lives two doors down from Goodwin, said he has lived in the apartment for a couple of years. She said she has never seen police at the man’s apartment before.

“He lives alone but now and then he would have some girl in and out of the apartment, and I saw a cat there two days ago,” Bass said. “When I left around 3 there were a couple police cars parked in the parking lot, but by the time I came back a little after 4 the whole street was blocked off.”

Around 6:30 p.m. Goodwin surrendered to crisis negotiators and was taken into custody. He has been charged with aggravated assault on a household member, Hernandez said.

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