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Man Shot, Wounded Tuesday by ABQ Police Officer Had `Kitchen-Style Knife’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Authorities say the knife had a rounded tip and a serrated edge

The weapon Chandler Todd Barr was brandishing when he was shot by police on Tuesday was a “6- to 8-inch kitchen-style knife with a rounded tip and a serrated edge,” authorities said Thursday.

 APD officer Leah Kelly shot Barr in the intersection of Second and Central shortly after 8 a.m. after giving him several commands to drop the knife.

Police said Thursday that the physical evidence from the crime scene showed that Kelly was in “close proximity” to Barr when she shot him. The shooting is still under investigation.

Barr remained at University of New Mexico Hospital on Thursday evening, police said. A hospital spokeswoman said she could not release any information about Barr.

Kelly was placed on standard three-day leave after the shooting.


Thursday, 16 September 2010 12:01


A 19-year-old man shot and wounded by an Albuquerque police officer was armed with a serrated butter knife.

Police Chief Ray Schultz said Chandler Todd Barr lunged at the officer Tuesday, and that police in those situations don’t have time to stop and think whether a weapon has an edge or not.

Schultz has said officers told Barr several times to drop the knife, but he refused and kept approaching.

Officer Leah Kelly fired, hitting Barr twice in the chest.

Barr was in stable condition Thursday.

The chief noted the knife was sharp enough for Barr to have cut his wrists.

It was a call about a man who had cut his wrists that brought officers out.

The shooting was the 11th officer-involved shooting in Albuquerque this year.




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