Albuquerque police fatally shoot man who refused to drop gun

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M, (AP) — Police in Albuquerque fatally shot a man Sunday after he told officers he had a gun and refused several orders to drop it, authorities said.

Police Chief Harold Medina said the shooting occurred around 3:30 a.m.

He said investigators have retrieved what appears to be an airsoft gun from the scene and noted that the shooting appears to be a so-called suicide by cop.

According to police, a vehicle approached them and the man inside said he had a gun and the officers were going to have to shoot him.

Medina said the officers gave the man several commands to drop the weapon but he did not and eventually shots were fired.

The man was transported to a hospital and died of gunshot wounds, according to police.

The man’s name and age weren’t immediately released.

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