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Police ID Officer In Sunday’s Crash

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque officer behind the wheel of a police car that fatally struck a pedestrian early New Year’s Day was also involved in a 2010 fatal police shooting, officials said Monday.

Officer Aaron Zwicky, a five-year APD veteran, hit the pedestrian near the intersection of Central and Coors in his patrol car as he attempted to respond to the report of a fight and shots fired in southwest Albuquerque, authorities said.

APD public information officer Robert Gibbs said Zwicky was not put on leave because the incident occurred on his final day on shift and the officer was scheduled to have three days off before returning to duty.

“They didn’t put him on leave. He comes back to work Wednesday night,” Gibbs said.

Police have not released the name of the pedestrian killed.

New Mexico State Police and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office also are investigating the incident. A BCSO spokeswoman on Monday referred comment to APD. State Police officials did not return repeated calls for comment.

Zwicky was responsible for the fatal shooting of Julian Calbert in June 2010, after the 42-year-old man — who had kidnapped two women — punched Zwicky and threatened him with a knife when confronted outside the Flying J truck stop near 98th Street and Interstate 40. A grand jury later determined the shooting was justified.

Also, in an unrelated investigation, police said that no arrests have been made in connection with a brawl Downtown early Sunday that left one man stabbed and another shot.

Ricardo Cordova, 33, and Charles Britt, 32, were reported in stable condition after suffering injuries in the group brawl that broke out Downtown after bars closed.

Also over the New Year’s holiday, Albuquerque police made 11 DWI arrests at a checkpoint near Central and Romero.
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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