APD: 'His finger was on the trigger and the weapon was cocked'

Posted at: 03/06/2013 3:17 PM
Updated at: 03/06/2013 3:26 PM
By: KOB.com staff

Albuquerque police say they have not yet positively identified the man who was shot and killed last night by police.

The man’s family is from out of town and wants to perform the identification in person, said Chief Ray Schultz.

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

Schultz began a news conference on the man's death with a lengthy recitation of the events that led up to the shooting.

When police caught up to the man after a long chase, Schultz said, the man was holding a .22.

"His finger was on the trigger and the weapon was cocked," he said.

While not indentifying the man, Schultz said police believe they know who he is and say he has "strong ties to criminal activity, prison gangs and White supremacist gangs.

Police say the man had been with a woman at the Music-Go-Round store near Louisiana and Menaul as she was trying to sell back a stolen guitar and banjo.

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.

In fact, the DOJ is holding a previously-scheduled meeting Wednesday to hear complaints from citizens.

Stay with KOB for much more on this story and on Wednesday night’s meeting.