ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A visit to the neighborhood where a deadly officer-involved shooting took place is delaying testimony in the wrongful death trial surrounding the death.
The judge in the case wanted to get a sense of what a neighbor could have witnessed through a backyard fence in April of 2001 when Christopher Torres was shot to death by Albuquerque police.
The Torres family is suing APD, saying responding officers should not have shot him.
The officers say Torres grabbed one of their guns, so the other officer shot him three times in the back.
A neighbor testified Monday that she never saw Torres with a gun.
“I saw the officer who was punching him ease up and pull his gun and say I’m going to shoot you and that’s when I backed up from the fence and bolted for the phone,” Christie Apodaca said.
The Torres family accused APD of poor hiring and training practices.
Testimony is scheduled to resume at 1-o-clock Tuesday afternoon.