Suspect shot, killed at SWAT situation near Chelwood Elementary (UPDATED)

Posted at: 03/19/2013 6:35 PM
Updated at: 03/20/2013 12:27 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

New Mexico State Police shot and killed a man who was suspected of shooting an APD officer.

SWAT teams from NMSP, APD and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene at an apartment complex on Constitution near Chelwood Park, trying to get a man who was accused in connection with the shooting of an APD officer on Sunday.

Investigators said the suspect fired at officers several times, and tear gas canisters failed to flush him.

APD Chief Ray Schultz said the sheriff’s office, State Police and APD officers all tried talking to the suspect and made contact, mostly by phone, about 90 times.

“Obviously, shooting at people, shooting at officers, five hours, multiple times to give up, to surrender, and he presented himself in a very dangerous situation to officers and the public," Schultz said.

The suspect’s mother, known as Ina, said she pleaded with police to let her talk down her son who was barricaded in the apartment.

“When I asked to talk to him they wouldn’t let me talk to him,” Ina said.

One resident in the apartment complex hid and grabbed his camera. “I heard someone on a megaphone pleading for the gunman to surrender and then I heard more gunfire,” Tommy McCabe said.

APD said at one point the man’s brother barricaded inside walked out with a warning.

“When he exited the residence he did provide information to us that the situation was not going to end the way we wanted it to,” Schultz said.

Soon after, an APD officer shot at the suspect once, but the last person to shoot at the suspect was an NMSP officer.

State Police won’t say anything about the officer involved and police are not confirming the suspect’s identity.