Schultz: State Police sniper's single shot killed SWAT suspect

Posted at: 03/20/2013 2:41 PM
Updated at: 11/14/2014 4:27 PM
By: staff

Photo: Kendall Carroll
Photo: Kendall Carroll

Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz says a New Mexico State Police sniper shot once and killed Kendall Carroll during a SWAT situation Tuesday after Carroll appeared at the front door of an apartment holding a gun.

In a news conference Wednesday, Schultz said APD called in officers and equipment from state police and from the Bernalillo County Sheriff Department as they pursued Carroll in a highly-populated area.

The New Mexico State Police SWAT officer who fired the fatal shot was Shane Todd, a six-year veteran of the force and a 4-year veteran of the state police tactical unit, a state police spokesman said.

Carroll was suspected of shooting an APD officer on Sunday night and had been on the run since then.

That officer was identified during the news conference as Ignas Danius. He was shot in the back and had emergency surgery, but has since been released from the hospital. 

Schultz said Kendall Carroll was barricaded with his brother, Michael Carroll, in apartments in the 13000 block of Constitution NE when APD initiated the SWAT situation Tuesday.

View a slide show of the scene

Michael Carroll surrendered at about 2 p.m. and told police the situation with his brother would not end well, Schultz told reporters.

APD had called out extra help from the other agencies because the suspects were believed to be armed and were in an area populated by apartments and an elementary school, he said. Some of the people had medical issues, and one baby was separated from its mother and needed to be breastfed, he said.

Police also believed one or both of the men had fired shots.

The suspects burrowed from one apartment to another and put other residents in danger, he said.

Officers made more than 90 phone calls to try to speak with the suspects, Schultz said.

“Obviously a very dangerous situation,” Schultz said.

An APD canine officer fired his weapon four times at a window early in the incident to allow a tear-gas canister to be put inside the apartment, Schultz said.

No one was hit, he said.

APD has been under fire for a string of police-involved shootings, including 18 fatal shootings since 2010.

The U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating the department for possible civil rights violations and excessive use of force.

Schultz has announced his plans to retire this summer.