ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office has released more details about what led up to a deputy-involved shooting outside a Walgreens near Coors and Central.
Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III gave the department’s version of events Monday at a news conference. He says the deputy feared for her life when the man pulled a knife from his pants. That’s when she shot him multiple times.
“Apodaca left the vehicle and raised the knife above his head and then he was shot. At least one shot was fired,” said Gonzales.
The sheriff also says Deputy Kathryn Harris pulled over the red minivan for no license plate on November 30. Two men and woman were inside.
BCSO says the woman admitted to the deputy that she had a warrant and was placed under arrest.
When the deputy ran the other people in the car one of the passengers, Robert Apodaca, had a felony warrant for a police chase.
Gonzales says once the deputy tried to approach Apodaca on the passenger side of the van, he tried to run.
The deputy pinned him down and that’s when he pulled a knife from his pants. The deputy’s belt recording caught the struggle.
Apodaca was wounded.
BCSO says the gunshots from the audio clip they played have been redacted because the investigation is still ongoing.
When asked if there is security video to show what happened, like how the Albuquerque Police Department shows to the public, Sheriff Gonzales says that will not be released until the investigation is complete.
This is the second time Apodaca has been shot by law enforcement. Apodaca was shot by Espanola police back in 2014 after he refused to show his hands during a domestic dispute.
Apodaca has been charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer and has since been released from jail.