ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - After searching through our archives, KRQE News 13 found the Albuquerque cop at the center of the most recent police shooting has been in the news before. That includes national news.
The officer is APD veteran Martin Smith. He's been with the department nearly two decades.
KRQE interviewed Smith a couple of years ago after he peacefully stopped a drunk man armed with a sawed off shotgun. That suspect told police he was on his way to commit a murder.
"I told him to take his hands out of his pockets. He took his left hand out and tried handing me a beer at the same time I saw he was trying to conceal something behind his back," Smith said during his 2009 interview.
And a decade ago, officer Smith was praised for another crime he helped solve. He personally cracked the case of a Southwest Airlines pilot who who was stalking two dozen women around the country, most of them Southwest passengers. Seven of those women were from Albuquerque. The pilot threatened to rape and kill them.
That case made national news.
But Tuesday night APD was releasing few details of the shooting involving officer Smith, saying the crime scene had to be reconstructed and analyzed before the department would hold a news conference.
Monday police said Smith was responding to a call about Daniel Tillison, 31, selling stolen stereo equipment in the parking lot of an apartment complex near Central and Wyoming.
Police say Tillison and Smith exchanged words, then Tillison drove his SUV into a parked truck, then into Smith's patrol unit. That's when the officer opened fire, killing Tillison.
Tillison had more than 20 arrests on his record for everything from drug dealing and car theft to kidnapping and burglary.
His family maintains he was never violent and was holding a cell phone when he was shot.
APD has not said if Tillison was armed, but did say the car was likely his weapon.
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