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Police shoot, kill man in SWAT standoff

Updated: 05/03/2014 11:06 PM | Created: 05/03/2014 2:03 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

Albuquerque police say an officer shot and killed a man involved in a SWAT standoff at a northwest Albuquerque home on Saturday night.

After the more than five-hour standoff at a home in the 10500 block of Coyote Canyon Place NW, Deputy Chief Eric Garcia said the man walked out of his home and fired two handguns.

An officer then fired at the man, killing him.

Police have not released the man's name at this time, but a man claiming to be his brother has identified him as Armand Martin.

The incident began around 2 p.m. when officers responded to the home on reports of a domestic dispute. According to APD Officer Simon Drobik, an armed man barricaded himself inside the house and refused to comply with police orders.

Police said a Crisis Intervention Team officer and an "experienced team of negotiators" made several attempts to talk to the man.

Just after 4 p.m., Armand Martin called KOB, saying that he had gotten into a fight with his wife. He said he closed all of his curtains and had weapons. He also claimed that police were going to shoot him.

Police later urged all media not to talk to the man since negotiators were still attempting to contact him.

The man claiming to be his brother, Tommy Martin, contacted KOB a short time later, saying Armand's wife had called police after a fight. Tommy Martin said his brother was a veteran and did have guns in his home, but said Armand probably didn't even know where the ammunition was located.

"My brother has told me too many bad things about police shooting people down there," Martin said. "I don't know, right now I'm scared for my brother to go outside, because it don't take that many police to come to one man's house about a family."

Hours later, KOB's crew at the scene heard several pops and then the police commands and flash bangs stopped. Our crew saw a woman in tears talking with police. Neighbors said she was Armand's wife.

Neighbors also said the family had kids, but it's not clear if they were inside the home during the standoff.

Stay with KOB.com for updates.


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