SWAT standoff ends with deadly police shooting | KOB 4

SWAT standoff ends with deadly police shooting

Marian Camacho and Kai Porter
July 18, 2018 10:10 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A nine-hour SWAT standoff is over and a suspect is dead, following an officer-involved shooting in northwest Albuquerque. 


Neighbors watched a police swarmed the home near 67th and Cleghorn.

"I didn't know what was going on. I just heard someone was barricaded in the house. But I didn't know it was going to escalate," said James Miera.

According to officers, the incident started Tuesday as a confrontation between an ex-husband and an ex-wife's new boyfriend at the Tierra Pointe apartment complex near Los Volcanes Road and Coors Boulevard.

Police say the boyfriend, Arthur Lujan, smashed out the windows of the ex-husband's car.  The ex-husband, Anthony Sandoval, filed a report with police, and after officers left, police say Lujan shot Sandoval multiple times.

According to APD, detectives learned that Sandoval had called 911 and reported being shot by Lujan. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police located Lujan at the northwest Albuquerque home. Detectives were able to coordinate the safe removal of Lujan's girlfriend, the couple's daughter, and Lujan's parents. But police say Lujan barricaded himself inside.

During attempted negotiations, police say Lujan exchanged gunfire with officers. He was killed in the exchange and pronounced dead on the scene at about 1:30 a.m.

According to police, APD and NMSP were both involved in the exchange of gunfire with Lujan. A multi-agency task force will be reviewing this incident.

Lujan's girlfriend told KOB's Kai Porter that her boyfriend was a veteran who suffered from PTSD, but was a good man. She's said they're upset with how police handled the situation and did not have to escalate to a SWAT standoff.


Marian Camacho and Kai Porter

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