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Man Shot By Police Was High On Meth

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The man shot and killed by Albuquerque police in August was high on methamphetamine, according to an autopsy report.

The report released Tuesday by the state Office of the Medical Investigator showed Michael Marquez, 31, had a substantial level of meth in his system when killed by police on Aug. 30.

Marquez, who police said was armed with a loaded AK-47 assault rifle when shot by an APD SWAT sniper, was wanted in connection with three armed robberies.

Detectives were executing an arrest warrant on him for those robberies at an apartment on 60th Street, north of Central NW, when Marquez resisted arrest and made threatening moves, police said.

Detectives had been watching Marquez at the apartment when he apparently spotted them and walked out the back door, Police Chief Ray Schultz said. His girlfriend, who had been at the apartment, told police he had a gun, the chief said.

When officers tried to approach him, Marquez seemed “agitated” and began making comments to them about not going back to jail and “going out with a bang,” Schultz said.

When Marquez cycled a round in what turned out to be an AK-47, it made what Schultz called a distinctive sound. SWAT sniper James Perdue shot Marquez once in the head and once in the chest, according to the report.

A toxicology report obtained through a public records request states the amount of methamphetamine Marquez had in his bloodstream is associated with violent behavior.

The report also shows Marquez, who was a three-time convict, had a small amount of alcohol in his blood.

Marquez’s family has criticized the shooting, saying police could have handled the situation differently. Bill Marquez, the suspect’s cousin, said that just because someone is a criminal does not mean he “should be treated like an animal.” He also denied the police’s claim that they had been working with Marquez’s relatives to try to get him to turn himself in.
— This article appeared on page C01 of the Albuquerque Journal

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