Newly released lapel video shows the moment a police chase came to a deadly end in a northwest Albuquerque neighborhood.
“Dude, he pointed that rifle (expletive) right at me,” an officer is heard yelling in the footage.
The incident started at a Rio Rancho Walmart off Unser in August 2017.
Police said 71-year-old Henry Rivera was seen pulling a woman from her car in the parking lot at gunpoint, and trying to force her into his truck.
“It looked like he was holding the gun, she had like, control of his hand and he was grabbing her, like trying to bite her off of him,” a witness said.
Shots were fired, but she got away.
Police lapel and home surveillance cameras capture police tracking Rivera to his home in Albuquerque before he fled again to a neighborhood off Piedra Court and Irving, crashing into a car carrying two children.
He was then cornered at the end of the cul de sac, so he turned around and rammed into a police unit. Then, police said he pointed a shotgun at officers.
“They told him, ‘Get out of the car! Get out of the car!’ and then next minute I know he started shooting and then they started shooting,” a neighbor told police.
Rivera was dead. Rio Rancho Police then cleared his house and interviewed Rivera’s family, which said he had been acting strange in the weeks leading up to the incident.
“He was just so to himself…quiet, he wouldn’t talk to anybody. He was just so angry all the time,” Rivera’s daughter said.
RRPD said officers Jacquelynn Reedy and Lawrence Samuel were put on administrative leave during the initial part of the investigation. Neither of them were injured in the shooting. KRQE News 13 asked RRPD for an update in the investigation but never heard back.