Albuquerque visitor describes chaotic scene at officer-involved shooting
June 17, 2018 10:22 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It was a very public scene that unfolded in the parking lot of a busy grocery store in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.
That's when an officer-involved shooting left one armed robbery suspect dead and another in federal custody.
Kevin Fern and his wife were traveling through Albuquerque to raise money for childhood cancer camps when he said he saw the scene unfold.
“That's something you don't forget,” said Fern, who's in the early stages of a 4,000-mile trek from Los Angeles to Boston. “I did not expect that on this walk. This walk is so contrary to that. It's about the life of a child. It's about the burden of their cancer. It's about their healing.”
But on day 79 of his journey, Fern said he witnessed an officer-involved shooting in Albuquerque.
"I was shocked, thinking at first, 'This is a movie. This is something…it's so bizarre that this is happening,'" Fern said. “'Pop, pop, pop.' I looked over there and I realized this is not a movie – this is serious.”
APD says it started as an armed robbery at a Verizon store in northeast Albuquerque which devolved into a pursuit, including a car crash, and ended at the Smith’s in southeast Albuquerque at Coal and Yale.
“The police officers, who were incredible, and the local people form the Smith's they said that they feel bad that we're visiting and this happened because this is not their city,” Fern said. “They also felt that there's a lot of work that needs to be done to improve safety and just to improve stuff and I'm with them on that. They have to do it.”
Multiple agencies are investigating. But Fern says all that chaos doesn't change how he feels about our city.
“To have them there in a protection mode for the public…man, they fulfilled their (motto of) 'protect and to serve' right there on the spot. So from an outsider's perspective coming from California to here, and having this situation happen and whatnot, they protected us to continue our mission," he said. "I'm indebted to those guys."
If you’d like to follow Fern’s journey, click here.
Updated: June 17, 2018 10:22 PM
Created: June 17, 2018 09:52 PM
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