APD identifies suspect shot dead by police after he killed family’s dog

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Albuquerque Police are revealing more information about an officer-involved shooting that left the suspect dead, but not before he killed a family’s dog. 

Police say Gabriel Romero is the man responsible for killing the Hewitt family dog last week. 

When officers confronted him, they say he didn’t listen to commands and even pointed his gun at officers. 

During a news conference Friday, police say they got calls from people who were robbed at gunpoint along the Hahn Arroyo near Louisiana and Comanche. 

When officers got to the area, they saw Romero hopping fences and jumping into backyards. 

At one point, Romero ran into Bartleby, the Hewitt family dog who was protecting his home. 

Police say Romero shot and killed the dog. 

Soon after, Romero hid in a neighbor’s yard where police say he refused to cooperate. 

“The individual looked like he took an ambush stance. He did not announce himself. He did not say I give up. He did not say, ‘I’m raising my hands,'” explained Albuquerque Police Officer Simon Drobik.

Officers fired shots and Romero died on scene. 

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