Police identify man killed in officer-involved shooting in southeast Albuquerque

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department has identified the man shot by police Monday near the University of New Mexico. The man shot has been identified as 50-year-old Kenneth Reiss.

On Monday police responded to a reported home invasion after 1 a.m. near Vassar and Garfield, just off of Girard Boulevard and Coal. When officers got to the scene, a man fled. Officers chased him and that’s when they say the man shot at them. The officers then fired back. The man was taken to the hospital where he later died.

The man that police killed was Reiss, who was also the individual who called police about a home invasion.

One neighbor said she saw Reiss right before officers arrived. She said he was holding a gun at the time and seemed very distressed and out of sorts.

“He saw people coming down the street and I think his adrenaline was going, he was so terrified, he was delusional or didn’t see that they were the police because why would you call the police and then run away with a gun in your hand,” said Linda Johnson.   

Johnson and other neighbors confirmed what police said in their initial report that Reiss shot at police first before they opened fire.

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