ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Last December, police were called to a convenience store near UNM where a man with a violent past named Andy Snider had been threatening people.
When officers found Snider, he ran away, then came at them with a hammer. Albuquerque Police released lapel cam video which shows one officer trying to stop him with non-lethal force, then the other resorting to gunfire when that didn’t work.
Officers were originally responding to an assault call. Once they found the suspect, video shows just how quickly the situation escalated.
It started with a 9-1-1 call from the 7-11 on Central and University. “There’s a man that’s following me,” the caller told the dispatcher. “He punched me in the mouth and was chasing me down the street.”
The caller said the man, police later identified as 37-year-old Andy Snider, had a hammer and was outside the store.
Officers Hector Marquez and Nathan Cadroy went looking for Snider. The officers’ lapel video shows them searching through dark alleys and neighborhoods, before they finally spotted Snider.
“Turn around and put your hands on top of your head,” the officer shouted. But Snider ignored multiple commands from both officers before things took a turn.
Snider took off, and the officers chased him down the alley. Lapel cam video shows Cadroy raise a beanbag gun as Snider starts running toward them.
“Bean bag him, bean bag!” Marquez is heard shouting. But the beanbag shots didn’t stop Snider from charging toward officers. That’s when Marquez fired gunshots.
After the shooting, then interim APD Chief Allen Banks in a press conference, showed a freeze frame of Snider holding a ten-inch claw hammer over his head as he ran at officers.
The video shows police chase Snider further down the alley, until he stopped.
Officer Marquez fired the shot that killed Snider.
Police said that all started when a drug deal for meth went bad and Snider pulled out the hammer. Former Chief Allen Banks said at the time that the sergeant on duty told officers to use less than lethal force, but that officers ultimately had to protect themselves.
At the time, Banks said he wouldn’t release lapel video until the investigation was complete. Snider had a lengthy criminal history in New Mexico and Oklahoma.