ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police is investigating a suspicious death in a neighborhood off West Central, south of I-40. The investigation began around 10:40 a.m. at a house in the 5000 block of Harbor Place northwest, just north of Avalon Park.
APD says officers were first called to the home for a report of a man who allegedly shot himself. However, the department says based on a “primary investigation,” officers are calling the death suspicious.
“There’s just suspicious circumstances surrounding the use of the rifle and the scene itself that lead us to believe that the possibility of… that it is a suicide, might not be likely,” said Lt. Ray Del Greco, who oversees APD’s Violent Crimes Division. “We’ll do a full investigation. Based on the results of that investigation will determine whether or not we’ll rule this as a suicide or homicide.”
APD says officers were met by “a large group of family members” when they first arrived to the home late Wednesday morning. Inside the home, officers found a rifle, according to Lt. Del Greco. APD added that the home where the investigation is taking place has a “pretty extensive history of disputes involving firearms.”
“It could be an accident, it could be a suicide, it also could be a homicide,” Del Greco said. “So that’s why the homicide detectives are out here, to give it a full investigation, to vet it properly, to determine as much as they can about what happened here.”
So far, police are only saying that the victim is a man who is said to be around 20-years-old. His name hasn’t been released, as Albuquerque Police say it still has yet to notify the victim’s family.