ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in southeast Albuquerque.
Police say they initiated a welfare check on Valente Acosta-Busttillo at a home on Edith, south of Coal at 1 p.m. on Monday after they received a call from his employer who had not heard from him for several days.
According to the Albuquerque Police Department, while officers made contact with Acosta-Busttillos they discovered he had a warrant for a violent felony and attempted to arrest him. Acosta-Busttillo was wanted on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon that stemmed from a March 8 incident in which he is accused of beating his neighbor with a hammer and threatening to kill him.
Police say Acosta-Busttillo engaged in a confrontation with officers. Police first attempted less-lethal force which was not effective. At least one officer fired his gun to stop the actions of Acosta-Busttillo.
APD has not released any other details about what led to the shooting and is also investigating whether Acosta-Busttillo had a weapon. He was taken to a hospital where he later died from his injuries.