Chief: APD unable to recover lapel video from police shooting

Updated: 04/23/2014 12:45 PM | Created: 04/23/2014 11:14 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden on Wednesday said the department was not able to recover lapel camera video from the officer involved in a fatal shooting near Zuni and Wyoming.

During a press conference, Eden said the department sent officer Jeremy Dear's lapel camera to a manufacturer to determine if there was any video from the shooting. He said investigators were able to recover video from other officers' cameras, but Eden did not know their proximity to the shooting.

Eden explained that the technology can sometimes fail, but said the department has not yet determined if the camera malfunctioned or wasn't turned on.

APD officers could face consequences for not activating their lapel system, including a letter of reprimand or suspension, according to Eden. APD's policy requires officers to activate their cameras when making contact with the public.

Eden also said investigators located a handgun near the suspect's body after the incident. He said 19-year-old Mary Hawkes pointed a Davis Industries .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol at Dear while he chased her near Wyoming and Zuni.

When asked if the gun was loaded, Eden said it hasn't been examined yet.

The chief also released more information about how the incident began. He said an officer spotted a stolen pickup truck around 3 a.m., and as the officer ran the license plate, the vehicle turned out of sight.

The officer later found the vehicle abandoned with personal belongings inside. After analyzing the items, the officer determined they belonged to Hawkes and used a criminal database to look up her prior addresses.

The officer showed up at a trailer park and attempted to speak to Hawkes, but Eden said she took off running near Zuni and Wyoming.

Officer Dear was near the area and began to chase her. Eden said she produced the gun and that's when Dear shot her.

Eden could not confirm how many times Hawkes was shot. She died at the scene.

Dear has been placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting. He is assigned to the APD Field Services Bureau Southeast Command Patrol and has been with the department since November 2007.

Eden confirmed this was Dear's first officer-involved shooting.

The investigation is ongoing.

On Tuesday, APD notified the Department of Justice about the latest police shooting. It comes more than a week after the DOJ released the findings of their investigation into the police department, saying many officers had engaged in a pattern of excessive force over the past four years.

Mary Hawkes, 19, was shot and killed by an Albuquerque police officer on April 21.
Officer Jeremy Dear shot and killed an auto theft suspect during a pursuit on Monday.

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