Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Police: Man Slain by Cop Was a 'Career Criminal'
By Jeff Proctor
Journal Staff Writer
The 32-year-old man fatally shot by an Albuquerque police officer after a weekend traffic stop was a "career criminal," authorities said Monday.
Aaron Renfro had past arrests and convictions in California and New Mexico for aggravated assault, attempted murder, criminal sexual penetration and various property crimes, Albuquerque police said.
APD officer Andrew Cook and others pulled over a vehicle near Wyoming and Cordero on Saturday morning, authorities said. 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 9 1/2 years, shot him an undetermined number of times, police said.
Renfro was taken to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries, authorities said. 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.