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Boy dies following crash with APD vehicle

J.R. Oppenheim
April 21, 2017 08:51 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- One of the child victims in a two-vehicle crash involving an Albuquerque Police Department cruiser has died, KOB learned Friday.

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The 6-year-old boy, Joel, had been fighting for his life after the accident Monday evening at the intersection of Eubank and Indian School. The Albuquerque Journal first reported Thursday that the family decided to take Joel off life support.

A close family friend told KOB earlier this week the family had arranged to have Joel's organs donated. The family authorized that friend to speak on their behalf.

Joel's 9-year-old sister Ariana and his mother Antoinette also sustained injuries from the crash. Ariana had surgery on Tuesday and remains in critical condition.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help the family. By Friday night, more than $30,000 had been raised.

The APD officer, Johnathan McDonnell, had a broken leg from the crash and is still in the hospital. APD released McDonnell's photo on Friday.

APD said McDonnell was responding to a violent felony in progress in northeast Albuquerque when his vehicle collided with the family's car. McDonnell's unit had its lights on.

SURVELLIANCE VIDEO SHOWS INCIDENT OFFICER WAS RESPONDING TO, APD SAYS

The department on Friday also released video from the incident McDonnell was heading toward. The video shows a man wearing a red shirt in the liquor area of an Albertsons grocery store when a security guard approaches him. The man in red exchanges words with the guard, who appears to tell the man he needs to leave.

The video shows the man then seemingly becomes more agitated in his discussion with the guard. At that point, a store employee comes out to deal with the situation. APD said the man made verbal threats to employees.

When the man in red is escorted out of the store, he pulled out an object that appears to be a long-bladed weapon with a short handle. Police described that weapon as a machete.

The video on APD's YouTube channel then cuts to another angle, possibly captured on a cell phone from a witness outside the store. The man in red runs toward someone off camera, lunges forward and punches that person. The video then abruptly ends.

APD said the employee who was punched had a few loose teeth afterward. Police said the man in red then fled.

Below is the video APD posted on its YouTube channel. For mobile users, click here.

Police ask for anyone with information about the man in red to come forward. He is described as an African-American male about 18 years old, standing 5-foot-6 with a medium build.

Call Albuquerque Crime Stoppers at (505) 843-STOP with any tips on this case.

Stay with KOB.com as this story develops.

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