Thursday, January 14, 2010
Albuquerque Police Name Officer Involved in Shooting
Albuquerque police have named the officer who shot and killed an armed Iraq war veteran who refused to put down his gun.
Police spokeswoman Officer Nadine Hamby said Detective Bret Lampiris-Tremba was put on standard three-day administrative leave after Wednesday's shooting. Lampiris-Tremba is a 12-year veteran of the department.
Officers stopped 24-year-old Kenneth Ellis Jr. because the car he was driving did not match the license plate.
Police said Ellis pulled into a convenience store, got out of the car, held a gun to his head and began talking about an officer-initiated suicide. Police said Ellis ignored orders to put down the gun.
Ellis was shot by the detective and died at the scene.
Ellis' parents said he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after serving in Iraq.
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