Motel manager describes scene prior to man's suicide

Posted at: 12/13/2012 5:42 PM
Updated at: 12/13/2012 6:08 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Photo: Marc Meltzer
Photo: Marc Meltzer

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has learned that minutes before a man shot and killed himself Wednesday, he tried to kill the manager at the Premiere Motel near Central and Aliso SE.

Police identified the man Thursday as Marc Meltzer, 41, of Albuquerque. According to motel manager Bob Thompson, Meltzer was on the property Wednesday afternoon attempting to get into room 18. Thompson described Meltzer as acting bizarre and rambling about the Bermuda Triangle. When Thompson tried to escort Metzler out of the motel, Metzler pulled out a handgun.

“He pulled his arm out from behind his back and in his hand was a gun,” described Thompson. “Without saying a word, he just pointed the gun at my chest and pulled the trigger. Everything was happening so quickly, I couldn’t even absorb what was going on. So when he pulled the trigger, the gun clicked, misfired, and evidently the clip wasn’t in all the way. He was fiddling with the clip, presumably to shoot again, we were able to push the door closed on him and lock the door.”

Thompson said he used the opportunity away from Meltzer to call 911.

“Have you had the opportunity to sit back and think about all the events that happened and how close you were to losing your life yesterday?” KOB 4 reporter Chris Ramirez asked Tompson.

“It’s still kind of hard to absorb,” Thompson replied. “It hasn’t hit me yet, but I’m thankful that I can be here and talk to you today.”

Once police closed in on the motel, police said Meltzer got in a blue car and drove east on Central to San Mateo.

Meltzer made one more bold move. He put the gun to his head while in his car at the intersection and pulled the trigger. This time the gun worked.