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Lapel-cam footage released from foothills standoff

Updated: 03/21/2014 5:41 PM | Created: 03/21/2014 1:11 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque's police chief justifies the shooting of a man in the foothills, despite mounting criticism of the department's use of force.

Sunday, officers confronted, and then killed, the man who was illegally camping in the foothills of the Sandias.

The two officers who shot the man are on leave, which is standard procedure.

The name of the suspect killed is James M. Boyd - an illegal camper in the foothills who died with two knives in his fists after that confrontation Sunday night - Boyd refusing to drop the knives and come down peacefully.

One cop's lapel-cam catches the action.

A flash bang grenade after a long negotiation with cops - a police dog moving in - then shots fired.

Cops say it was two blasts from a non-lethal Taser shotgun almost simultaneous with six lethal bullets from the guns of two other officers.

One officer fired the non-lethal beanbag gun after Boyd was shot with real bullets  but still clutching the knives.

At a briefing today, APD police chief Gorden Eden defending the shooting.

"All of the less-than-lethal devices were in fact deployed. It was when the K9 officer was down directing the K9 dog that the suspect pulled out the two knives and directed a threat to the K9 officer who had no weapons drawn - he's handling the dog," Eden said.

 Sunday's police shooting is the latest in a series from a department under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department - the chief defending the actions of his officers - blaming boyd for what happened.

"On many occasions he said that he was not going to come off that mountain. On many occasions he threatened officers. On many occasions he refused to follow the direct commands of the officers," Boyd said.

James M. Boyd, who was 38 years old, appeared to be mentally ill. Before he was shot he told cops he was a federal agent with millions of dollars.


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