Police: At least one officer, possibly two, fired at suspect

Updated: 07/23/2014 8:48 AM | Created: 07/22/2014 9:50 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque police said Tuesday that at least one officer, possibly two, fired at 33-year-old auto theft suspect Jeremy Robertson, killing him.

Police described Robertson as armed and dangerous. A check of online court records shows most of Robertson's past charges as property crimes, though he was charged in January with assault on an officer.

An APD officer also shot out three of Robertson's tires during a January car chase through Albuquerque that ended in Rio Rancho. At the time, he was wanted on two outstanding felony warrants.

For more than six hours Tuesday, crime tape blocked off multiple spots near Eubank and Central, marking the spots where police chased a suspect and eventually shot him. Police say they were serving a felony warrant for Jeremy Robertson and he ran. A witness says Robertson had a gun and wouldn't put it down.

 "Running through this gas station with a gun in his hand. They entrapped him here in the carwash and they were telling him to get down get down and he wouldn't do it," the witness said.

More officers heard the call on the radio and showed up on scene.

"The subject had felony warrants and a past history of violent encounters with law enforcement. We received information than the subject was armed and actively committing crimes," APD Deputy Chief William Roseman said.

Police didn't say what those crimes were. Police say Robertson threatened officers and that at least one officer, maybe two, shot him.

"All of a sudden and I hear pop pop and the next second cops are everywhere," a witness said.

Robertson died on scene.

Police say they are interviewing all officers involved and could hold another briefing as early as Wednesday.

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