ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The family of the man shot and killed by police offered some insight to the troubled past of Vincent Wood, but they're also questioning the decision an officer made to shoot Wood multiple times.
Wood's brother told KRQE News 13 he was shocked to hear police reporting about a four-minute time span from when they were called, to when Wood was shot. He wants to know, could his brother have been spared?
From the 9-11 call, to an Albuquerque Police officer firing her weapon near the Circle K in northeast Albuquerque, everything happened quickly. "Four minutes from call to execution? I mean that's a little quick," said Michael Allen, Vincent Wood's brother.
Wood, 66, was the man police said lunged at an officer with two ten-inch butcher knives Friday night. APD said that's when another female officer shot Wood.
Before that, police said a security guard called 9-11 saying Wood was threatening two kids with the knives. Still, Michael Allen, who lives in Florida, is questioning whether his brother's death was necessary.
"I don't understand why they couldn't have used a non-lethal method to restrain my brother," said Allen. "I don't care if they would have shot him just to wound him, but I don't believe they had to kill him, I just don't I don't see or understand that."
APD's Chief Ray Schultz told reporters Friday, the first officer had to dodge Wood before shots were fired. "That's exactly what the witnesses are telling us, that the officer was actively trying to get away from the male subject who was lunging with a knife in an extended position, a very large knife a butcher knife lunging directly at the officer."
Allen told News 13 Wood suffered from post traumatic stress disorder after serving in Vietnam. Allen said the police knew something was wrong with his brother.
Chief Schultz told News 13 Friday a female officer recognized Wood as someone they've dealt with before. "She believed that he was suffering from some mental health issues ," said Chief Schultz.
That's why Schultz said a Crisis Intervention Team officer self-dispatched to the scene, but it was too late.
"They couldn't wait for the guy to get there to try to you know talk him down so to speak?" said Allen. "You don't have to go for the kill shot every time, its ludicrous."
Wood's brother told News 13 wants to know more about what led to the shooting that night. He said Wood hasn't been the same since serving in Vietnam when their other brother was also murdered.
News 13 is expecting to hear more from police about this case tomorrow. Online court records show Wood had a battery charge against a health care worker from 2006 that was dismissed. Records state he was found not competent to stand trial.
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