APD gives update on officer-involved shooting near Central, Dallas

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The Albuquerque Police Department is giving better insight into what led up to an officer-involved shooting that left a suicidal man injured last month. 

Friday, police released the 911 call and police lapel. 

Police were called to the apartment complex on Aug. 19 when a caller told them a man armed with a gun was threatening to kill his neighbors. 

The video depicts APD Officer Ian Ross yelling at 38-year-old Joe Lambert to put down a rifle outside his apartment on Dallas Street off Central and Louisiana. 

Police say for about two hours, Lambert kept walking in and out of his apartment, at times with a rifle in hand and telling officers to kill him. 

He reportedly ignored police commands to drop it. 

It was when he pointed the barrel at Officer Ross, that Ross fired three shots. 

“One of the shots fired by Officer Ross hit the rifle Lambert was holding,” APD Lt. Jason Sanchez said at a news conference Friday. 

Lambert continued to walk into the parking lot of the complex, and police say officers around the corner thought Lambert was firing at officers. 

So, Officer Richard Whitton shot two rounds, one of which also hit Lambert’s rifle and ricocheted, hitting him in the groin. 

After Lambert was released from the hospital, he was booked into MDC for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of assault on a peace officer. 

He has 10 prior arrests related to DWI cases. 

Plus, he has one case pending for aggravated burglary and battery. 

Officers Ross and Whitton have never been in officer-involved shootings before. 

APD says as part of department protocol, the Civilian Police Oversight Agency will investigate whether Ross and Whitton followed proper procedure. 

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