Suspect in critical condition following APD officer-involved shooting

A man is in the hospital after an officer-involved shooting happened Sunday in southeast Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Police say they got a call just before 2 p.m. about a man who lives in an apartment complex on Dallas Street, just east of the fairgrounds.

“In reference of a male subject armed with one, possibly more firearms, banging on neighbors doors telling them that he was going to kill them,” said Officer Tanner Tixier.

Once officers got to the scene, Tixier says they tried to calm the man down for two hours, but he didn’t want to listen and went back inside his apartment and grabbed a rifle.

“At that point, the subject fired shots. Until we get forensics back, I don’t know if the shots were fired at police officers or not,” said Officer Tixier. “Officers with our department returned fire, striking the subject.”

The suspect was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition, but is expected to live.

Police are not yet releasing his identity, or the identities of the officers involved in the shooting.

It was a massive scene, closing Dallas Street between Chico and Domingo. The shooting even prompted APD’s leaders to come out. Chief Mike Geier was seen talking to detectives at the scene.

Police say they worked tirelessly to bring a peaceful resolution.

“We approached it slowly. We approached it methodically and unfortunately, we still had an officer-involved shooting today,” Officer Tixier said. 

Police also say they are looking into whether the man was drunk, high, or suffers from any mental health issues.

Police say they are going to request a search warrant for the man’s home to see if they can find any other firearms.

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