New APD chief discusses officer-involved shooting

Updated: 03/18/2014 10:45 PM | Created: 03/18/2014 10:15 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque Police Department Chief Gorden Eden says investigators are still working through how a man died after a SWAT situation Sunday night.

“Some of our less than lethal devices make sounds like shotguns,” Chief Eden said. “Our bean bag rounds, make sounds like shotguns. So until we know from each and every officer what they did, the evidence that we receive from their weapons as well as their lapel cams, we don't have all that information.”

Police say they responded to reports of a “suspicious” man in the foothills, and when they found him, he threatened to kill them and showed multiple knives. Police brought in Crisis Intervention Team specialists. Police say when talking him down didn’t work, they used force, but they won’t say what kind or how much force was used, or what it was that killed him.

“Tomorrow I'll have an idea of exactly what was deployed -- less than lethal -- as I stated in the press conference, that evening, is that less than lethal was deployed, and that shots were fired,” Eden said.

Chief Eden did point out that even less-than-lethal measures, like bean bag rounds, can kill.

“Through the time of law enforcement, we've seen with less than lethal, as described by the manufacturer, as described by law enforcement, as actually inflicting fatal injuries.”

Police still haven’t released the man’s identity. They wanted to let family know first. They also haven’t released the names of any of the officers involved.

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