APD: Bystander fatally shot after telling suspect to leave security alone

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A man has died after being shot in southwest Albuquerque early Friday morning. The Albuquerque Police Department reports that officers responded to reports of a shooting just after midnight downtown in the area of First Street and Gold Ave.


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APD has announced that detectives have charged 38-year-old Patrick Saavedra on an open count of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police state that Saavedra is accused of threatening Albuquerque Metro Security guards with a gun.

Authorities say that a bystander allegedly stepped up to Saavedra’s truck and told him to leave the officers alone. Saavedra then allegedly shot the bystander in the chest and fled the scene in a white truck.

Police state that the male victim was transported to the hospital but died from his wounds. He has yet to be positively identified.

APD reports that security guards and other witnesses assisted APD officers in identifying the truck and offender who was tracked to a home in southwest Albuquerque. Saavedra was taken into custody at the residence around 7:40 a.m.

Saavedra will be booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center.

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