Video released in Monday's fatal officer-involved shooting

J.R. Oppenheim
August 03, 2017 06:47 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Surveillance and lapel video from a recent officer-involved shooting in northeast Albuquerque shows the suspect turning toward the officer before shots were fired.


An Albuquerque police officer shot 43-year-old Robert Savelli during a traffic stop and brief foot chase near Vassar Drive and Phoenix Avenue on Monday night.

The video captured from a business across the street shows the APD vehicle and a scooter coming to a stop. The suspect got off the scooter and ran from the officer.

The pursuit lasted a matter of seconds before the suspect faced the officer with an outstretched arm. The officer then fired his gun at the suspect, who fell to the ground. It's hard to tell from the video if the suspect is holding a weapon, but his positioning appears to suggest he was armed.

APD said after the shooting a gun was found at the scene. In the lapel video, the officer does tell Savelli not to reach for a gun.

Police said Savelli had methamphetamine in his pocket, and his criminal history includes assault, battery and burglary charges. Savelli also had three active warrants at the time of the shooting.

APD released the video less than 48 hours after the shooting. The officer is on paid administrative leave, which is a standard procedure for such incidents.

Danielle Todesco will have more on this story tonight on KOB Eyewitness News 4 at 10.


J.R. Oppenheim

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