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APD identifies suspect who died after Saturday's pursuit-turned-OIS

Richard Rivera at his most recent jail booking. Richard Rivera at his most recent jail booking.  | 

David Lynch
June 18, 2018 03:05 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque Police have identified the male suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting over the weekend, and it's someone not unfamiliar with law enforcement. 


47-year-old Richard Rivera died at the hospital after a police pursuit ended at the Smith's near Coal and Yale in southeast Albuquerque, APD Spokesperson Gilbert Gallegos said.

Rivera was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison in 2003 for a string of bank robberies, according to online court records. In 2015 a warrant for his arrest was issued after he violated the terms of his probation. 

The pursuit was initially sparked about six miles away from the Smith's, where police say the suspects were robbing a Verizon store off Menaul. 

At least five shots were fired in the incident on Saturday afternoon, according to viewer video sent in to KOB. It isn't clear who fired the shots; police are still investigating the incident. 

The female suspect arrested on Saturday, 39-year-old Jennifer Rael, is charged with aiding armed bank robbery and using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. She is behind bars until her preliminary hearing following an initial court appearance Monday morning. 

According to court documents, Rael and Rivera were involved in the armed robbery of a Western Commerce Bank off Wyoming Boulevard earlier this month. They were seen getting into a white U-Haul van that U-Haul later reported as stolen when it was not returned. 

Rael and Rivera were in the same van during Saturday's pursuit which ended at Smith's; bullet holes could be seen piercing the van's exterior after the shooting. 


David Lynch

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