ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department says a man was shot and killed by police in downtown Albuquerque early Sunday morning. In a video posted to Twitter Sunday morning, Police Chief Harold Medina said while officers were finishing up a call for service at the Hotel Andaluz around 3:30 a.m., a man drove up to them and said he had a gun and the officers were going to have to shoot him.
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The man has been identified as 58-year-old Frank Baty. Medina says according to witnesses, officers gave multiple requests for Baty to drop his gun and he refused to do so. Eventually, shots were fired. Baty was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
Chief Medina says this isn’t the first time this year that someone used the police force as a means to take their own life. “If you have a loved one or family member who is having a mental crisis, or is in need of services or having thoughts to hurt themselves, that you reach out to the city of Albuquerque, the Community Safety Department, the police department. We could send resources out to help individuals,” Medina says.
Police did recover a weapon from the vehicle. They say it appears to be an airsoft gun but the investigation is ongoing. The officers involved were not hurt and will be put on standard leave as is customary for this situation.