ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Dramatic video has surfaced of the moment an Albuquerque attorney grabbed his gun and shot a homeless man entering his office.
The attorney is still facing charges for the shooting at the Lomas Boulevard NW office in August 2012. Now, there’s a clear look at exactly how it happened.
The video shows criminal defense attorney Chip Venie warning a man not to walk in his office or Venie says he'll shoot. The man ignores the warning and the gun goes off.
“We've got video on you. You come through that door, you're dead!” Venie yells at the the man at the beginning of the video. “You come through that door, you're dead.”
On the third warning, Venie only says “you come through that door.” The man, Steven Biddinger, slowly steps into Venie’s office, and Venie fires one shot.
The second after he was shot, the video shows Biddinger scream “Ahhh you (expletive)!” while turning around and stepping out the door.
Venie then moved to the front door to lock it, yelling to his office staff, “Call the police. Call the police. Call the police right now.”
Biddinger was shot in the leg. As the pain sank in, he kept yelling at Venie.
“Pull the (expletive) trigger! Kill me, (expletive)!” Biddinger screamed.
Venie’s wife recorded the cell phone video of the entire incident. After being shot, the video shows Biddinger lying down outside the office, crying out in pain.
A police officers lapel camera also recorded the aftermath of the shooting.
While the phone video is focused on Biddinger, audio can be heared of Venie speaking on the phone with 911 dispatchers. Venie explained his side of the story, saying Biddinger began arguing with him on a walk back from the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office.
“He follows me in. I tell him to get the (expletive) out, he leaves, then he comes back in again saying, 'Shoot me shoot me! I'm not going to leave, I'll (expletive) you up,' words to that effect, and so I shot him,” said Venie.
In later interviews, Biddinger told police that he started arguing with Venie after Venie allegedly told him he stunk. Biddinger has since recovered from his injuries.
KRQE News 13 attempted to contact Venie at his office in Albuquerque and by phone on Friday but was unable to speak with him.
Venie is charged with aggravated battery. His case has been transferred to District Court in Roswell to avoid any conflict of interest with the district attorneys office in the Albuquerque area. A status hearing in the case is set for Sept. 30.
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