ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – One person is dead Thursday morning after a shooting involving New Mexico State Police. NMSP says its officers were involved in the shooting around Louisiana Blvd. and Montgomery Blvd.
Officials say around 10:51 p.m. Wednesday night officers attempted a traffic stop near Louisiana and Montgomery. They say when and officer contacted the driver they noticed several knives and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. The officer was Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) certified and officials say he spent several hours negotiating with the suspect.
Officials say at some point during the incident the suspect appeared to consume some sort of drug and fled south on Louisiana and tried to enter a Smith’s parking lot. While fleeing, the suspect crashed their vehicle and barricaded themselves inside. NMSP say after about another hour of negotiating with the suspect, tactical officers were called to the scene. Police say officers used a flash bang and chemical munitions in an attempt to get the suspect out of the vehicle.
NMSP say the suspect eventually got out of the vehicle with a machete. They say officers tried using bean bag round on the suspect. A short time later police say two officers fired their weapons; which hit and killed the suspect. No officers were injured in the incident. The identity of the suspect has not been released.