ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There’s new information about what happened before Albuquerque police shot and killed a man in the foothills near Copper and Tramway over the weekend.
KRQE News 13 has learned the man was shouting threats and showing weapons for hours before police fired.
Albuquerque Police haven’t released his identity yet, but News 13 has learned that the man thought to have been shot has a long criminal history tied to mental illness.
Police first tried to talk to the man around 4:30 Sunday afternoon and shots were fired about three hours later.
KRQE News 13 has learned that in that time, police found out the man thought to be involved was a paranoid schizophrenic, a transient and had several past charges for battery on a peace officer.
APD says the man had at least two knives on him and displayed them several times.
The man also threatened to kill officers several times if they got close.
KRQE News 13 has learned that toward the end of the conflict, the man told officers he wanted to walk away from the situation with his stuff, but that didn’t happen.
Police used a flash bang, then fired off at least one shot. It’s unclear at this point why officers fired.
Police confirmed Monday the man died from his injuries at UNM hospital.
Police have not released the name of the man involved yet.
A spokeswoman for APD said Tuesday morning that investigators are still conducting interviews about what happened.
Neighbors originally reported the man to police because he was illegally camping in the foothills open space.