ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police Department homicide detectives along with the District Attorney’s Office have determined that a fatal shooting that occurred in northeast Albuquerque on Monday was done in self-defense. Around 6:05 p.m. officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Grove St. NE in reference to a caller that said an individual had been shot, according to APD.


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Authorities say after interviewing witnesses, detectives determined the shooter, James Lawrence, fired a handgun in self-defense as Francisco Fonseca attacked him with a blunt object. Fonseca died from the gunshot wound.

APD states that Lawrence will not be charged for the shooting which the department says will be considered a justifiable homicide. However, Lawrence has been charged for a probation violation and was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center.

Police say Lawrence may also face charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm.