ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department say a man is dead after pointing a gun at officers during a disturbance. Wednesday morning a Mobile Crisis Team responded to a call for a man possibly in crisis. They say they spoke to the man and that he wasn’t suicidal so they were not able to legally transport him for treatment. APD has identified that man as Wendel Tagle.
Then Thursday, APD officers were dispatched to the same area, Cibola Loop near Coors, about a disturbance at the Core Vistas apartment complex. Officers heard shots when they arrived and began to search the complex for the shooter. That’s when a sergeant, who was in his vehicle, saw Tagle, the same man from Wednesday’s call, point a gun at him. When the sergeant tried to confront him, he turned a corner in front of more officers. That’s when at least one shot was fired.
It is unclear whether Tagle shot at police. He died on scene. No officers were injured.
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APD Chief Harold Medina says Tagle’s wife was injured with what looked like a gunshot wound and that she had been battered. He also said Tagle pointed a gun toward at least three people. Police say they have recovered a gun and shell casings at the apartment complex. Anyone with information is asked to call 505-242-COPS.
KRQE News 13 will continue to provide updates as they become available.