Wrongful death trial begins in APD shooting case

Posted at: 03/04/2013 11:22 AM
By: KOB.com staff

Photo: Kenneth Ellis
Photo: Kenneth Ellis

Jury selection is underway Monday in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Albuquerque Police Department.

It concerns the death of Iraq War veteran Kenneth Ellis back in 2010.

Two weeks ago we told you that a district judge ruled that APD’s shooting of Ellis was "not justified."

Judge Sharon Bacon said an objectively reasonable officer would not have fired.

Officer Brett Lampiris-Tremba killed Ellis outside a Northeast Heights convenience store.

The Albuquerque city attorney has said that, before firing, officer Lampiris-Tremba reasonably perceived an imminent threat of deadly harm from Ellis, who was holding a gun to his own head.

The officer was cleared of wrongdoing by both APD internal affairs and a grand jury.

Stay with KOB for continuing coverage of this case.