ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Police have identified the man killed in Saturday’s officer-involved shooting in southeast Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Police Department says Claude Trivino, 40, of Hernandez, New Mexico was armed with a weapon near San Mateo and Copper around 3:30 p.m. Officers had been trying to get him out of the street where cars were dodging him.
Witness video appears to show him charging at police and throwing something toward officers, and at least one officer used a taser and fired shots at him. Officials say they recovered a knife at the scene and that an officer suffered a minor laceration, though police haven’t said how.
“One of our officers did sustain a superficial wound and a knife was recovered at the scene. We don’t know the exact circumstances and we haven’t spoken to the officers,” APD Interim Chief Harold Medina said at a press conference Saturday.
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Online records show Trivino had known mental health issues and had been ordered an emergency mandatory psych evaluation back in December. The Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office charged Trivino back in January for resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; and he pleaded not guilty. He had a trial set for March in that case, according to online records.
APD says there’s no indication Albuquerque officers knew Trivino’s identity when they responded Saturday. It’s still unclear how many officers fired shots at Trivino, but APD said one officer is on standard administrative leave during the multi-agency task force investigation.