Beleaguered Albuquerque Department Reports Another Fatal Shooting by Police
ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque police officer fatally shot a suspected car thief on Monday during a foot chase in which, officials said, the suspect pointed a gun at the officer as he closed in on her. The shooting occurred 11 days after the Justice Department rebuked the Police Department for engaging in a “pattern or practice of unconstitutional use of deadly force.”
Police Chief Gorden Eden made a terse statement to reporters in the morning, reciting the basics of the shooting, like its location — “the officers spotted the suspect running east” of Wyoming Boulevard on Zuni Road. Later, the department released the sex of the victim, the first woman to be fatally shot by the police here since 2010. As of early evening, her name had not been released because her relatives had not been notified.
Chief Eden said the officer had been placed on administrative leave, standard procedure in shootings involving the police.