ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - More information has been released about the man shot and killed by police Friday night. Police said Vincent Wood , 66, was armed with two large butcher knives, and lunged at an officer before he was shot in a busy part of town.
Albuquerque Police officers said they knew Friday night that the suspect was someone they were familiar with. One APD officer who heard the call said she recognized the description of the black male suspect in his 60s as a man with mental health issues. One woman told said she thought something was wrong with him before the shooting.
A busy part of northeast Albuquerque was swarming with police after Friday night's officer-involved shooting . Police released Saturday that it was 66-year-old Vincent Wood who was shot and killed by Albuquerque Police.
"I thought it was a homeless man, another regular thing that the APD had to deal with it," said Gareth Miller, witness to the shooting. "I had no idea a man was going to get killed."
Miller was working at the Chili's near San Mateo and McLeod, right across from where the shooting happened, in the parking lot of Circle K.
Miller said she saw Wood walk right past the restaurant moments earlier.
"He was walking, he looked like he was on drugs, it looked like he was having seizures," she said. Miller said she saw what looked like a machete in his hand.
Police were called at 7:39 p.m. by a security guard from a nearby business who said a black man had threatened two kids with knives.
APD Chief Ray Schultz said when officers caught up with him at the Circle K, Wood lunged at one officer several times. He said a female officer then shot Wood, approximately four minutes after the call came in. Schultz said Wood had two 10-inch butcher knives.
"It was real quick, but I did notice that the man was dead," recalled Miller.
Police said Friday night that the suspect was familiar.
"It's my understanding one of the officers had dealt with a male subject who matched his description several weeks ago in the same area," explained Chief Schultz, in a late night press conference with reporters Friday. "And at that point and time she believed that he was suffering from some mental health issues."
Chief Schultz said a man with the same description was recently involved in some type of fight on Montgomery weeks prior, that APD responded to.
Online court records show Wood has been in trouble before. In 2006, he was facing a felony battery charge on a health care worker at UNMH, however it was dismissed. Records show Wood was found not competent to stand trial.
And in 2011, a robbery with a deadly weapon charge was also dismissed.
Police said witnesses told them the suspect was within arm's reach of the officer he allegedly lunged at several times with the knives. Detectives are also investigating whether any other officers fired their weapons.
Detectives said they have made contact with two key witnesses in the case Saturday; two teen boys who the suspect is accused of harassing with knives minutes before the 911 call was made, and before Wood was killed by police.
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