ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Bizarre. That's how people in a northeast Albuquerque neighborhood describe the death of an Air Force Major that's now being called a homicide.
According to an APD police report Amy Herrera told officers she and her husband Marc, an Air Force pilot stationed at Kirtland, were having a party with foreign exchange students when her husband committed suicide.
Now the case is being called a homicide. It happened at the couple's home near Juan Tabo and Eubank.
According to the report, the couple had been drinking. Amy Herrera said her husband got mad, told the students to go to their rooms and then grabbed a handgun and pointed it at them.
Amy Herrera went to the couple's bedroom and was inside the closet taking off her jewelry. She told police Marc pushed her down and sat on top of her.
She claims Marc told her he had nothing to live for, that he was upset the couple didn't have children and then pointed the gun at his head.
Amy told police Marc said, "I'll make it easy for you -- the gun is loaded and cocked. Just pull the trigger."
She told investigators Marc placed her hand on the gun with her finger on the trigger. He placed his hand over hers and the gun went off.
Now OMI has ruled the case a homicide. APD detectives are still compiling evidence. They will then send the case to the district attorney who will decide if they will file any charges.
The Air Force says Marc Herrera was with the 58th Special Ops Training Wing at Kirtland.
He was a 1996 graduate of the Air Force Academy.
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