Updated: 11/04/2013 1:01 PM |
Created: 11/04/2013 12:29 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Should Albuquerque police officers carry assault rifles? The APD union president thinks so, and plans to make a case for them at the city council meeting on Monday
Last week, Stephanie Lopez said the Oct. 26 shooting attack that wounded three officers and a deputy could have ended sooner if officers had been armed with assault rifles.
"The times are changing and the criminals mindset is changing and nobody is coming into a gun fight with a knife anymore," Lopez told KOB last week.
APD Interim Police Chief Allen Banks said the shooting suspect, Christopher Chase, was armed with an AK-47 rifle and a semi-automatic handgun. He also said Chase was wearing heavy ballistic armor and had 357 unfired rounds with him packed in a black bag with loaded drums ready to go.
Lopez told KOB many officers who responded to the scene told her they should be armed with .223 rifles.
While it's not on the city council agenda, Lopez said she plans to bring up the topic during the public forum portion of the meeting. Even still, the decision will ultimately be up to Acting Chief Banks.
Banks said he will not comment on the issue until after it's addressed tonight.