ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque police have identified the man shot dead by an officer Friday night after he lunged at another officer while wielding two butcher knives.
Police said he was Vincent Wood, 66.
Investigators also have made contact with two teen boys described as key witnesses to the beginning of the fatal incident. They told a security guard a man believed to be Wood threatened them with knives, and the guard's 911 call summoned police.
The guard called just after 7:30 p.m. from a restaurant and entertainment district southwest of the intersection of San Mateo Boulevard NE and McLeod Road.
During a news conference later Friday night APD Chief Ray Schultz said the security guard to the first arriving officer the suspect was a black man last seen walking toward the Circle K store at San Mateo and McLeod.
One officer dispatched on the initial call said the initial description sounded like someone she knew from past encounters to have mental issues.
Police were dispatched at 7:39 p.m.; shots were fired at 7:43 p.m., Schultz said.
The first officer confronted Wood outside the Circle K, and Shultz said the officer was trying to retreat as Wood lunged at him several times.
That's when a female officer who had just arrived shot at Wood "multiple times," Schultz said.
Wood was hit at least once and later died at a hospital. It also is not yet known if the first officer also shot at Wood.
Employees of Putt Putt Golf and Games across San Mateo from the Circle K told KRQE News 13 they heard three or four gunshots.
Schultz said there were many witnesses to part or all of the incident and that investigators are asking anyone not already in contact with investigators to come forward.
"Next thing I know I look up and a man's getting shot, and he's on the ground," Gareth Miller told KRQE News 13.
That woman said she saw the suspect and what he was carrying in his hand before the shooting.
This is the first APD shooting since March when the SWAT team killed a suspected white supremacist and property thief who they say pointed a gun at them while trying to escape.
It's only the second Albuquerque police shooting in a year.
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