ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police were on the scene of a deadly police shooting in downtown Albuquerque Friday. The shooting happened at the Imperial Inn Motel just west of I-25.
“They tried over 200 times on various phone methods to contact this individual. At a later time, the individual exited through a window, a confrontation occurred. At least one officer fired shots, and a firearm was recovered. The victim is deceased and died at the scene,” said Harold Medina, acting APD chief.
Witnesses say police had been there hours before the shooting. It all started when police got a call of shots fired inside one of the rooms at the motel early Friday morning. One witness says before police arrived they heard about seven to eight shots fired from the suspect’s room.
SWAT was then sent to the scene and police say they tried making contact with the suspect. One witness says she was in a room nearby when this all unfolded. She says she heard police for hours trying to get him out of a second-story room.
“They had the negotiators, then they had the flash bangs with the gas and then he came out of the window that’s when the snipers shot him,” said witness Odette Guliford.
Police say there was a confrontation between the suspect and a SWAT officer after the suspect jumped out the window but they didn’t say if the suspect fired any shots. The witness says the city gave them a voucher to stay at another place until the police leave the scene which could be another few hours.
On Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Albuquerque Police Department identified the suspect in the officer-involved shooting as Jason Edward Galliart.
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