Saturday, June 12, 2010
Police: Man in Standoff Had Rifle
By Astrid Galvan
Journal Staff Writer
Friends of the man fatally shot Thursday night by Albuquerque Police SWAT officers said he was a kind father who was always smiling and active in his daughter's life.
The man, 43-year-old Chris Hinz, was killed at his home on the 5500 block of Carruthers NE after he brandished a high-powered rifle at police, authorities said.
Police say he was highly intoxicated at the time of the incident.
But friends of the family said Hinz was a well-rounded father who never showed signs of distress. They said he attended every single one of his daughter's academic and sporting events, even taking on the duty of team photographer. His daughter recently graduated from Eldorado High.
Police were dispatched to Hinz's home around 8:30 p.m. after neighbors reported seeing him walking around outside intoxicated and holding a weapon, Police Chief Ray Schultz said.
When officers arrived, the garage door was open, but they couldn't see the man.
Schultz said officers repeatedly tried to make contact with Hinz but got no response. They called his cell phone and home phone.
While officers were outside, they heard gunshots coming from inside the home. A couple of minutes later, they heard more shots inside the house, and a tactical team was called in, Schultz said.
Officers tried several times to contact Hinz but had no success. Hinz eventually came to the front door but refused to come out. A few minutes later, he exited the garage armed with the rifle and began approaching officers, Schultz said.
Tactical team officers Anthony Sedler and Eric Brown, both 10-year veterans of the department, shot at Hinz. At least one of those shots hit Hinz, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers then entered the house and found no one inside. They did find numerous firearms and empty bottles of liquor.