ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An armed man is dead after being shot by Albuquerque Police Department SWAT officers following reports of a domestic dispute.
Police say officers responded to the 400 block of Tennessee regarding a domestic dispute around 2 a.m. Authorities say after arriving, officers were confronted by a man armed with a gun.
The individual then went back inside an apartment when police say SWAT teams were called in around 4:30 a.m. Police say the man was shot by SWAT officers around 6:30 a.m.
At this time, police have not released the subject’s name and are looking into his criminal history.
“There is a matrix, there are certain situations including violent felony offenses and offenders they will respond to,” said APD Chief of Staff John Ross. “They are piecing everything together. They have to talk to the officers. They have to talk to the witnesses. It is going to be a little bit longer before we have information.”
Neighbors say they heard the SWAT team yelling commands at the man before shots were fired.
“I feel protected because at least I know they are not going to harm me in any way,” resident Alex Delgado said. “They are trying to protect me as a citizen, so I am not really disturbed by it. I am actually applauding that they are actually helping us out and responding to calls like this.”
Some neighbors say the shooting hits a little too close to home.
“It is scary especially because my car just got broken into over there recently, so it is scary to know that this neighborhood is not really that safe,” resident Shayln Loomis said. “There are times when I hear gunshots happening, and I have to stay inside.”
Authorities say a female was also inside the apartment but was uninjured. It is unknown what the relationship was between her and the man who was shot and killed.
Police have not said whose duplex it was, but neighbors say that they hear arguing and fighting there often.
This is APD’s first officer-involved shooting in October, and police are still investigating one in July and August. They are expected to release more details on those shootings later this week.