UPDATE: APD to hold briefing Wednesday about latest police killing

Posted at: 03/06/2013 7:40 AM
Updated at: 03/06/2013 12:29 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque police will release details Wednesday about the death of a man who was shot and killed by police after a SWAT operation Tuesday in the Northeast Heights.

The death was APD'S first officer-involved shooting in more than six months.

APD will hold a briefing about the shooting Wednesday at 3 p.m. 

KOB will be at that press conference and will bring you details as police release them.

The shooting comes in the midst of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into APD's use of force. The DOJ is investigating APD for possible civil rights violations in the wake of 26 shootings – 18 of them fatal – by APD officers since 2009.

Read more about that here:  DOJ holding meeting Wednesday

Police say this latest incident began around 6:11 p.m. Tuesday, they received a call from the Music-Go-Round store near Louisiana and Menaul where a woman was trying to sell back a stolen guitar and banjo.

An officer was dispatched and arrived about 20 minutes later. He tried to park behind a truck, but as he approached, one passenger ran and one drove away. The officer called for back-up and as he approached the man, the man went on top of a building.

The suspect later jumped the roof. He clearly had a firearm, but there were citizens behind him so the officer did not discharge his firearm.

Meanwhile, police closed off Menaul from Louisiana to Chama, and locked down the Sheraton Hotel, the Chili's and several small businesses near by during a very busy time of day.

All streets were back open Wednesday morning.

They got air support to assist, as well as their canine unit.

A helicopter found the subject hiding near a business, concealing himself in a hedge. Officers put together a plan of action and got help from the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office.

A recording from the helicopter showed the victim crawling out of the bushes and running, firearm in hand. He went near the Sheraton.

An officer fired a round, and the man ran to a business and tried to knock down a door. He turned with a handgun toward officers.

Three officers fired shots at him.

Emergency personnel performed first aid. The man was then taken to UNM Hospital, where he died from his wounds.

The shooting itself did not happen until about 8:11 p.m., an hour and a half after officers arrived on scene.

The whereabouts of the second man, who fled in a black Chevy pickup truck, are unclear. But a man killed in a high-speed crash later Tuesday matched the description of the man who fled. 

The female suspect was detained but is being "less than cooperative" with investigators, according to APD Police Chief Ray Schultz.

Police say three officers fired rounds.

They are now on administrative leave as per new policies, pending debriefing.

APD says it has video of the incident.

Stay with KOB for more on this story.