Mother says man shot by officers suffers from depression

Updated: 12/02/2013 10:42 PM | Created: 12/02/2013 9:26 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The mother of the man shot by Albuquerque police says he has threatened to take his own life before, but she doesn't think he would ever try to kill a cop.

Shaine Sherrill's girlfriend called police on him yesterday, and just a short time later, learned of an officer-involved shooting nearby.

Police say officers shot Sherrill several times.

For most of the day on Monday, his family was frustrated they hadn't been told exactly how he was doing.

"I'm in Colorado...I'm his mother. I just want to know," said Karri Sherrill in a phone interview from her home in Colorado.

A mother's love is unyielding, but Karri Sherrill doesn't hide what her son Shaine is: A felon with warrants, a meth addict who may have been on drugs and drinking when he showed up at his on-and-off again girlfriend's home Sunday afternoon.

His girlfriend tells KOB Eyewitness News 4 that he was mad, threw a backpack at her car then ran away. So she called 911.

"It wasn't supposed to end like that," said the woman, who doesn't want to be named.

Officers found Sherrill on Wyoming near Indian School.

APD says an officer thought Sherrill had a gun, but the department hasn't confirmed whether that was in fact the case.

Several officers shot Sherrill multiple times during the confrontation.

"It wasn't supposed to be … Him being gunned down it was simply supposed to be arrest him, take him back to jail," said his girlfriend.

The 34-year-old's mother says he suffers from depression, may be bipolar and had threatened suicide in the past.

"You're just going to hear that I'm not alive anymore," she said.

But she also says her son has never said anything about committing suicide-by-cop.

As for whether Sherrill was armed and perhaps reaching for a gun, his mom responds:

"I would say I have no idea what he was getting but I know it wasn't a gun. I know he didn't have a weapon on him. My son is too scared of anything like that."

Sherrill's criminal past includes a previous domestic violence case involving his current girlfriend. He was accused of violating a retraining order. The case was dismissed.

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