We’re only two full weeks into the New Year, but police in Albuquerque have already shot another man, this time fatally, bringing the total of those injured by the police department in 2015 to three.
The latest shooting happened just before 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, police say, after officers were dispatched to a scene to investigate suspicious criminal activity. Upon arrival, police took one man in custody and another fled on foot.
Police say the fleeing man shot towards the officers, prompting an officer to fire back.
From the Huffington Post:
Albuquerque police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza said the fleeing man later fired shots at the officers, and at least one officer returned fire, killing the suspect. The man was wearing body armor, and his weapon was found near his body, Espinoza said.
The man’s name was not released. The name of officer who fired shots also was not released.
Albuquerque Deputy Chief Robert Huntsman told reporters that no officers were seriously injured.
The shooting happened just a day after the district attorney announced murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers who killed a mentally ill homeless man last year. Last week, an officer shot one of the department’s own, Lt. Greg Brachle, during an undercover drug bust, critically injuring him. And earlier this month, an officer identified as Lou Golson fired his weapon after he was shot and wounded at a traffic stop. The suspect in Golson’s shooting was not injured and is being held on attempted murder charges.
The shootings also come as the city of Albuquerque and the U.S. Justice Department are working to finalize an agreement to overhaul the police department following a harsh report on its use of force. The agreement now is before a federal judge, and both sides are working to approve a monitoring team.
Albuquerque police have racked up more than 40 police shootings since 2010. And with three officers firing their weapons in the span of a few days, this year doesn’t look promising for the department.
SOURCE: Huffington Post | VIDEO SOURCE: News Inc.