APD: Suspect killed, 2 bystanders injured in police shooting

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A stabbing Thursday night ended up with a suspect and two bystanders shot by Albuquerque police.

Police were called to a stabbing at a McDonald’s drive-thru near San Pedro and Lomas at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. While police were on scene, they learned the suspect hadn’t gotten far.

“Around 11:45, as officers were still on the scene, a bystander flagged down officers and said a man was waving a knife around at Lomas and Louisana, in close proximity of the McDonald’s,” APD Deputy Chief Mike Smathers said during an overnight briefing.

When officers arrived at that intersection, they confronted the suspect, who they say was threatening two other people with the knife.

Police said multiple shots were fired and the suspect was killed. The two bystanders were taken to the hospital, but will be OK.

Witnesses who live nearby expressed a lot of emotion about this shooting.

“I said, don’t kill that man. Do not kill that man, he’s already down,” said Francisco Terredanio. 

With citizens injured from police in this incident, the American Civil Liberties Union is speaking out. 

“It also, you know, worries us that the while we don’t have all the details of what took place yesterday, it appears that this situation was sort of escalated to the point where members of the public was placed in danger,” said Barron Jones an ACLU senior policy strategist.

APD reps say four officers are on leave right now. This is a standard practice while the department investigates any shooting involving officers.

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