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Grand Jury: Officer Justified in Shooting Man

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Suspect pulled gun after traffic stop

An Albuquerque police officer was justified in shooting a man who pulled a gun on officers after a traffic stop in January, a grand jury has determined.

The grand jury received the case involving APD Officer Andrew Cook on Sept. 8 and released its findings Thursday. No further details were provided.

Cook shot and killed 32-year-old Aaron Renfro.

The APD internal investigation into the shooting is ongoing, Police Chief Ray Schultz said Thursday.

So are the internal investigations into the 10 other officer involved shootings from this year, the chief said. Seven people, including Renfro, have died as a result of police shootings.

Cook and other officers pulled over a vehicle near Wyoming and Cordero on the morning of Jan. 9, authorities said at the time. The vehicle had been speeding.

Officers asked the three men in the car, one of whom was Renfro, for their identifications, police said. Renfro gave a fake name. As it turned out, there was a local warrant out for the bogus name.

When Cook and the other officers asked Renfro and the other men to get out of the vehicle, Renfro took off running, police said.

When officers yelled at him to stop, Renfro reached into his waistband and pulled out a gun, police said. Cook, who has been on the force for 9½ years, shot him an undetermined number of times.

Renfro was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries. Cook has been placed on paid leave while investigators look into the shooting.

Renfro was convicted of attempted murder charges that stemmed from an August 2001 shooting at a party in Farmington. As part of a 2002 plea deal, prosecutors in Farmington dropped charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and intimidation of a witness.

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