ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting in southeast Albuquerque near the University of New Mexico. It happened after 1 a.m. near Vassar and Garfield, just off of Girard Boulevard and Coal.
Police say it started as a reported home invasion. When officers got to the scene, a man fled. Officers chased him and that’s when they say the man shot at them. The officers then fired back. The man was taken to the hospital where he later died.
“It’s the first barrage of maybe three shots that woke me up and I just blew it off,” said Joshua Rodgers. “I thought it was fireworks. But then maybe ten minutes later is whenever the big shootout happened right here.”
Hours before that, police were called to a neighborhood near Golf Course and Taylor Ranch Road on Albuquerque’s West Side. Police say they were called around 8 p.m. to a home after a dispute between neighbors.
During the investigation, police say one of the neighbors, 48-year-old Jose Vallejos, had a gun and at least one officer opened fire shooting and killing him.