Perspective: Back to the scene of Sunday APD confrontation in the foothills

Created: 03/19/2014 11:24 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque Police continue to give few details about a weekend standoff.

The incident ended with a man dead.

You deserve answers, and we are working to get them for you.

Chopper 4 was in the air Wednesday taking a different look at the scene and on the ground talking to people who witnessed that confrontation.

A prickly cactus, and a cluster of rocks up close don't tell much of a story.

But when they're in the Albuquerque foothills where a man died during a confrontation with APD Sunday night, everything is part of the big picture.

Sometimes in the middle of the story it's easy to lose perspective.

It's important to look at the bigger picture and understand how things happened and where they happened.

APD has not been specific about exactly where the incident took place, but it did happen somewhere in an area between the rugged terrain of the foothills, and a neighborhood to the west.

Chopper 4 takes you there, showing those houses to the west and the outcrop of rocks to the east. Amongst those rocks is where police say a man camping illegally threatened them.

"Less than lethal was deployed, and then shots were fired," said APD chief Gordon Eden.

The actual incident took place around a cluster of rocks up the mountain. Folks who live in this neighborhood, in houses that back directly up to this open space area had a front row seat on Sunday. They showed us where the incident happened.

Three neighbors KOB spoke to independently reported hearing a loud "bang" followed by three shots. The neighbors described them as gunshots.

One of the neighbors KOB spoke to with a front row seat to Sunday's incident told us what he saw fully supports and justifies APD's actions.

But when asked what he saw he told us he didn't want to share it.

There is also a grainy cell phone video poolice say is now part of their investigation. It was submitted to KOB anonymously by a viewer. It's said to show the suspect, but only one figure is visible in the video. Without important perspective showing where police are, it's hard to tell what is happening.

So questions remain:

Was the video filmed from one of the houses on the edge of open space?

What was the big "bang?"

What were those three shots afterward?

There was one big question answered on Wednesday.

Police did name the officers involved in that standoff. 

Officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez and they're both are on paid leave Wednesday night.

APD is still not answering the biggest question that remains.

Was a gunshot ever fired?

APD says they plan to release much more of the picture on Friday during a planned news briefing. 

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