ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) - Albuquerque police say they are still looking into many aspects of Tuesday's fatal shooting by one of their officers. The man who was shot was believed to have suffered from mental illness.
Investigators say Torres grabbed Detective Rich Hilger gun out of his holster when Hilger and Detective Chris Brown showed up to serve an arrest warrant. An altercation ensued and Brown fired at least three shots. Torres was hit and died at the scene.
Torres has had issues with police over the last few months. The arrest warrant they were serving on Tuesday was for an aggravated auto burglary case stemming from February 17th. Police say Torres attacked a woman who was sitting at a stoplight. She later identified Torres from a photo lineup.
"She was terrified, she was terrified, I don't know if she received bruises, apparently he was trying to yank her out of the car, for what reason we don't know," said Albuquerque Public Safety Director Darren White.
Three days later, Torres pretended to be a Federal Agent and assaulted and disarmed a customer inside a Westside restaurant. Torres was quickly arrested and told an officer that he suffered from schizophrenia. But police haven't said if the detectives knew the incidents were related.
"We were dealing with somebody that was obviously struggling with mental issues," said White. We asked why they didn't send more detectives to help serve the arrest warrant. White said, "These two officers have crisis intervention training, but again as part of the investigation we will ask them if they were aware of the Garcia's arrest."
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