Neighbor’s video shows part of deadly standoff

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden is dealing with his first officer-involved shooting since becoming the head of APD.

The shooting happened in the foothills near Copper and Tramway, an area neighbors say is usually quiet, but a new video obtained by KRQE News 13 shows it was anything but Sunday night.

A team of detectives back was on the scene Monday morning of Albuquerque’s latest fatal officer-involved shooting.

They were going door-to-door, trying to talk to neighbors about what they saw and heard.

“We saw like four or five cops up on the hill with some lights just shining down and I think they took someone down but that’s all we really saw,” Geoffrey Smelser said.

Another neighbor recorded a short video on his cell phone. It shows the man believed to be the suspect pointing and screaming at police.

At the end of the video,the man can be heard shouting “I’m going to hunt you down and kill you! That’s my personal promise!”

APD Chief Gorden Eden says Open Space officers responded to reports of a man illegally camping east of Tramway and Coppper just before 4 p.m. Sunday.

“As the two officers arrived, they were immediately confronted with a suspect who threatened the officers’ lives,” Eden said.”

Later, officers with the Crisis Intervention Team and State Police arrived.

“The threats just kept going and going,” Eden said. “We know that the less-than-lethal was fully deployed and then a shot was fired.”

The man was taken to UNM Hospital in critical condition Sunday night and APD says he died Monday morning.

Many neighbors say they heard more than one shot fired.

“There was the first one and there were probably about five or six other shots after that immediately after,” Smelser said.

A few neighbors told KRQE News 13 that the man had been living up in the foothills for quite a while. Some say they also saw sharpshooters taking position around the rocks during the standoff Sunday.

APD said they expect to update the investigation later this week.

They have yet to release any details about the man. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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