ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Len Fuentes had criminal history in California, police said
A man shot dead by police after threatening an officer with a knife Monday had a history of mental health issues, his family told police.
Len Fuentes, 41, died at University of New Mexico Hospital after being shot twice during an altercation with an Albuquerque police officer around 11:30 p.m.
Police said Fuentes has a criminal history in California. A court records search does not show any criminal history in New Mexico.
Two officers responded to a domestic dispute call on the 3400 block of Crest SE after a neighbor heard a loud dispute, spokeswoman Nadine Hamby said.
Officers Jeremy Hollier, a three-year veteran, and Anthony Glodon, a two-year veteran, responded to the incident.
When the officers arrived, they found Fuentes in an altercation with a woman. Fuentes refused to comply with the officers’ commands, Hamby said.
One of the officers then noticed Fuentes had a knife in his waistband and alerted the other officer. Fuentes then pointed the knife at one of the officers and tried to stab him, police said.
The officer shot him twice – once in the chest and once in the stomach, Hamby said. Fuentes died at University of New Mexico Hospital.
Police would not say which officer shot Fuentes, but both were placed on standard paid administrative leave.
Fuentes’ was the 9th officer-involved shooting this year. The last officer-involved shooting was on June 15, when an officer shot and killed a man who was threatening him with a large knife after having kidnapped two women.
That same week, SWAT officers shot and killed a 43-year-old man at his home after he brandished a high-powered rifle at them.
There were a total of seven officer-involved shootings in 2009.
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 13:104
Albuquerque police have released the name of a man shot and killed by an officer early Tuesday after they say he threatened police with a knife.
He was identified as 41-year-old Len Fuentes.
Fuentes was shot after officers responded to a domestic violence call in Southeast Albuquerque.
Chief Ray Schultz said the officers were attempting to take Fuentes into custody when he struggled and got away, then pulled a knife.
Authorities said an officer then shot him. Fuentes died at an Albuquerque hospital.
The officers involved, three-year veteran Jeremy Hollier and two-year veteran Anthony Glodon, have been placed on leave, which is standard policy after a shooting.
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 06:45
A 41-year-old man was shot to death after allegedly trying to attack officers with a kitchen knife early this morning, following a domestic violence call to the 3400 block of Crest SE, between Amherst and Wellesley, just north of Gibson Boulevard, KOAT-TV is reporting.
Two Albuquerque Police Department officers were attempting to take the man into custody when he broke away and went after them with a knife, Action 7 News reported.
The man, whose name has not been released but was described as a 41-year-old Hispanic male, was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital where he died, KOAT-TV said.
Although just one of the officers fired, the two were put on paid administrative leave, according to a report on KOB-TV.
It was the ninth officer-involved shooting in Albuquerque this year, Eyewitness News 4 reported.