Family friend says man shot by deputy marshal didn't have a weapon

Created: 07/03/2014 5:48 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Religious leaders gathered at the site of the latest deadly officer-involved shooting in Albuquerque.

The gathering took place at 3 p.m. Thursday on Upper Meadow Avenue, where a U.S. deputy marshal shot and killed a fugitive on Wednesday.

"Aside from the sadness of losing a human being, There's also the loss of trust in the institutions in the city and the people who are supposed to protect us," said Christine Robinson, who led the prayer circle.

The U.S. Marshals Service said the deputy was with other officers attempting to serve a federal arrest warrant in the 9000 block of Upper Meadow Avenue SW when the shooting happened.

Authorities have not yet released the name of the fugitive. The U.S. Marshals Service won't say why the deputy felt the need to use deadly force.

The man's family didn't want to talk, but a family friend told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that he didn't have a weapon when he was shot. The family friend said the man, his wife, and two children were home when officers barged in and shot him. One of his young children witnessed the shooting, according to the friend. She said the family didn't know why the deputy shot him.

The investigation is being handled by New Mexico State Police, Albuquerque Police Department, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department and Bernalillo District Attorney's Office.  

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