ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque police say they had no choice but to shoot and kill and now an investigation will have to determine if that is true.
Police received a tip that a wanted robbery suspect was near Central Avenue and Coors Boulevard Tuesday morning in southwest Albuquerque.
APD says the suspect, Michael Marquez, 31, found out the cops were looking for him, left an apartment and began walking toward a field.
Officers followed him and they say they tried to come up with a plan that included non-lethal force options but the chief says the logistics were not in their favor.
The chief says Marquez had an AK-47 and was aiming it at officers and that left them with no other option.
APD says Marquez is a career criminal.
"He has an extensive criminal record he is a documented member of the Surenos 13 gang, registered sex offender, convicted felon," Chief Ray Schultz said. "He did make comments that he was not going to go easy that he was going to basically go out with a bang or words similar to that."
Chief Schultz says they are still investigating how many shots were fired but neighbors said they heard four shots.
An independent review officer was on scene shortly after the fatal shooting.
This is the 20th shooting by Albuquerque police in the past 20 months, 14 of them have been fatal.
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