Friday, February 11, 2011
Police ID Man Shot, Killed by Officer
By Astrid Galvan
Journal Staff Writer
Albuquerque police have released the name of the man fatally shot by a member of the gang unit Wednesday.
Jacob Mitschelen, 29, died at University of New Mexico Hospital after being shot by Officer Trey Economidy III outside business on San Pedro and Kathryn SE, police said.
Economidy, 31 and a seven-year veteran of the department, was on gang unit patrol when he spotted Mitschelen and pulled him over for suspicious behavior around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Mitschelen pulled into the parking lot of a strip mall and ran away, Police Chief Ray Schultz said. He somehow fell and a firearm fell out, Schultz said. Mitschelen then picked up the gun.
Economidy ordered him to drop it, but Mitschelen raised the gun at him, Schultz said. Economidy, who is a member of one of two Albuquerque police gang units, shot multiple times.
Mitschelen was taken to UNMH, where he died Wednesday night.
Online court records show Mitschelen had a lengthy criminal history, including two DWI arrests; a 2005 arrest for negligent use of a deadly weapon; possession of marijuana; domestic violence; and aggravated assault.
Economidy was placed on standard three-day administrative leave while authorities conduct an investigation. Police have not released more details about the shooting.
This was the first officer-involved shooting of the year for APD. Officers shot 14 people last year, killing nine of them.