Friday, November 12, 2010
Police Shoot, Taser Knife-Wielding Man
By Abigail R. Ortiz
Journal Staff Writer
Officers responding to a 911 call about a man threatening suicide with a knife Thursday evening ended up shooting and Tasering him after he turned the knife on officers, an Albuquerque Police Department official said.
The man was taken to a hospital, but his condition was unknown late Thursday, Deputy Chief Allen Banks told reporters at the scene. The man's name and age were not released.
No one else was injured in the incident.
APD officers have shot 14 people so far in 2010, killing at least nine of them.
The shooting occurred inside a house in the 1400 block of Alamo, in a Southeast Albuquerque neighborhood near Interstate 25 and Gibson.
Banks said dispatchers received a 911 call from the man's wife at 8 p.m. She reported that her husband was holding a knife to his throat and saying he was going to kill himself.
When four officers showed up at the house, there was a confrontation, Banks said.
He said the man was holding the knife in a threatening manner toward the officers. One officer fired a weapon. A second officer Tasered the man.
It's unclear how many times the man was shot or where he was wounded. The woman told authorities her husband had previously threatened family members.
The officer who shot the man was placed on standard paid administrative leave.
APD policy states that officers should use equal force in life-threatening situations.
Still, Albuquerque police have faced criticism for the increase in officer-involved shootings this year. There were six officer-involved shootings last year, five in 2008 and 11 in 2007.
Grand juries have cleared officers in two of this year's 14 shootings.
APD Chief Ray Schultz has said it appears that many of this year's cases have involved situations that escalated quickly, giving officers little choice but to shoot. Many of the cases, Schultz said, involved assaults on the officers.