ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Officials with the Albuquerque Police Department released details of two separate officer-involved shootings from September. APD says one of the incidents started as a fight over a parking spot, the other incident was an attempted burglary in progress.
Garcia has a long criminal history dating back to 2008, with multiple shoplifting and burglary charges. This year he was charged with aggravated battery, but that case was dropped when the key witness didn’t show up in court.
Officers responded to a shot spotter activation near Carlisle and Candelaria. They say they found 47-year-old Gabriel Garcia trying to break into a convenience store in the area. When officers confronted him, Garcia took off running. Police say as officers caught up with him, Garcia began throwing landscaping rocks at one of the officers. That led to an officer shooting and wounding Garcia.
Officers responded to a call at the Whispering Sands apartment complex on Central near Southern after getting calls about a fight over a parking spot. The suspect, 26-year-old Oran Newson, barricaded himself in his apartment before walking out onto his balcony and pointed a gun at officers. When Newson pointed the gun, officers shot and wounded him. Newson survived the shooting and is still in the hospital recovering.
At the time of the shooting, Newson had a warrant for aggravated assaullt, court records show that was because he pulled a gun on another neighbor earlier this year.