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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – During a news briefing on Wednesday, the Albuquerque Police Department released details of two officer-involved shootings that took place in October. The first incident took place on Oct. 12 while the second took place on Oct. 16.
Oct. 12 Officer-Involved Shooting
Police say Matthew Montoya shot and killed his wife, 50-year-old Eva Montoya in the parking lot of the Queen of Peace Chapel near San Pedro and Constitution. Authorities now say Eva had a restraining order against Matthew as he had previously threatened to kill her and their daughter.
According to APD, a witness stated that Matthew was arguing in the parking lot with Eva when he then allegedly produced a handgun and shot her multiple times. Police report that Matthew then fled in a silver 2001 Dodge Caravan and attempted to remove his daughter from her school in Tijeras.
APD says that school officials were aware of an ongoing custody dispute between Eva and Matthew and would not allow him to take the child. Detectives responded to assist with the homicide investigation and then tracked Montoya to a home near Hoover Middle School where he was inside his parked van in the driveway.
APD states that detectives verified the individual was Matthew Montoya and gave verbal announcements telling him to put his hands up and identified themselves as police officers. Multiple detectives reported seeing a handgun being held up toward the roof of the van just behind the front seats and detectives report they gave commands for him to put the gun down.
Detectives then reported seeing the gun being pointed in the direction of detectives from behind the front seats of the van. In a press release, APD reports that one sergeant stated Matthew had the handgun leveled in the direction of other detectives.
“I felt at that point that the, the person inside the car was actively attempting to shoot or kill one of the officers that worked for me and that I had to do something to try and stop that,” said the sergeant identified only as Sergeant #1 in a press release.
APD reports that Sergeant #1 discharged the first round and detectives continued to give commands for Matthew to put his hands in the air. Detectives reported Matthew still had the gun in his hand and was still pointing it at detectives.
APD states that several officers each fired their rifles at least once into the passenger compartment of the van in an attempt to stop the suspect’s actions. Those officers were identified only as Detective #6, Detective #7, Detective #3, and Officer #1.
As officers approached the van, detectives say they observed Matthew lying in the rear portion of the van with an apparent wound to his head. Police report that Matthew was still holding the handgun in his right hand and had his index finger on the trigger. While officers provided medical aid to Matthew, he was pronounced dead by Albuquerque Fire Rescue.
Oct. 16 Officer-Involved Shooting
This incident took place at the Imperial Inn in downtown Albuquerque. Officers had received a call about shots fired inside one of the rooms.
APD reports that the call was delayed by two hours as information was relayed from nightshift inn employees who had heard a single gunshot earlier in the morning around 5 a.m. Authorities say the dayshift manager walked the premises and discovered there was a window that had been “shot out”.
The manager reported that the occupant of the room, listed as Edward Giliart, became disorderly and aggressive when they knocked on the door. Police say officers arrived at the scene and spoke with a victim at the motel who stated that he had been staying near room 128 and had heard two more shots fired since the original 911 call.
The victim told authorities they had a confrontation with the occupant of the room and it was later determined aggravated assault charges existed against Jason Edward Galliart. Officers reported hearing an additional shot from the area of the room and then then gave instructions to Jason to exit with his hands empty and they could ensure his safety.
Authorities also gave nearby occupants warnings to shelter in place. Police say these public announcements were given several times about every five minutes.
Officials closed Central Ave. and rescue personnel were requested to remain nearby. Rooms surrounding room 128 were evacuated.
APD reports that an autopsy determined Jason Galliart died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
This is a developing story, KRQE News 13 will provide details as they are made available.
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