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APD releases footage of fatal officer-involved shooting

Updated: 03/29/2013 10:13 PM | Created: 03/29/2013 9:31 PM
By: Nicole Brady, KOB Eyewitness News 4

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has obtained chopper video of a fatal Albuquerque police-involved shooting earlier this month.

The chopper was flying over the Music Go Round on Menaul near Louisiana looking for a suspect. The chopper spotted 41-year- old Parrish Denison hiding in some bushes.

The footage shows Denison jumping out from the bushes making a run for it swinging around a car, and then he tries to kick in the window of another business – then he goes down.

Police say three officers fire shots at him. Denison died at the scene.

Police told KOB 4 Denison had faced toward the officers with a gun in hand and his finger on the trigger.

“The gun was in a fully cocked position, as it is now displayed and the suspect was holding it in his hand with his finger very identifiably on the trigger of the weapon,” Police Chief Ray Schultz said.

The day after the shooting, we spoke to neighbors who watched it happen. One told us Denison did not turn toward officers.

“He didn't make it through the door, he put his leg up to kick the window in , instead of going through he bounced back, that's when the cops fired at least six to seven shots at him,” one witness said.

We’ve also obtained lapel camera video from a SWAT officer at the scene.

The video shows police approaching Denison once he was on the ground. A gun in Denison’s hand is visible before officer move it and place him in handcuffs.

KOB 4 has requested the autopsy report on Denison, which should indicate whether he was shot in the front, or in the back.


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