ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Less than a day after hundreds of protesters marched on Albuquerque Police headquarters, APD Chief Gorden Eden was answering questions on yet another deadly shooting.
This one happened hours after the protest Tuesday night outside an apartment building near 60th and Central.
Eden says the incident started when a caller told 911 a man threatened two teenagers with a gun. When officers arrived, they heard a similar story from witnesses on scene.
“He said back off or I’ve got something for you,” one witness is heard telling officers on lapel video APD released Wednesday evening.
Eden says officers learned that man was Alfred Redwine, 30, and learned he was holed up in that apartment building.
After a standoff lasting around 40 minutes, Eden says Redwine came outside with a gun to his head. A cell phone video taken from across the street shows Redwine with something in his hand next to his head, but some witnesses claim it was a phone and not a gun.
On lapel cam video released by APD, you can hear officers repeatedly order Redwine to put the weapon down for a minute. You can also hear Redwine yell about his son.
“There are some other reports where he had been in conflict with CYFD,” Eden said.
On cell phone video, you can see Redwine lower his hand as shots break out. Redwine was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead.
Eden says Redwine did fire his weapon and so did a still unnamed APD officer, but did not go into detail about exactly what happened and whether Redwine pointed the gun at officers or the ground. APD also did not release lapel video showing Redwine’s actions towards officers before shots were fired.
“We don’t have all the video processed yet,” Eden said. “We still have not interviewed all the witnesses in this case.”
As of Wednesday evening, Eden says the officer who pulled the trigger hadn’t been interviewed either. That officer is identified only as a 5-year veteran patrolman who has not had a prior officer-involved shooting. That officer and three other officers are on leave while the investigation continues.
Earlier Wednesday, Redwine’s sister Tammy told KRQE News 13 her brother was not threatening officers. She witnessed the shooting.
“He was putting down his hands and he was dropping everything in his hands and they just opened fire on him ,” Tammy Redwine said.
Eden declined to weigh in when asked if he believed the shooting was justified.
Criminal complaints obtained by News 13 Wednesday show Redwine has a violent criminal past and plenty of history with APD.
In 2011, Redwine was arrested for aggravated assault after admitting to pointing a gun at his girlfriend’s mother near Valley High School.
A year later, Redwine was arrested for assault after trying to fight an APD officer attempting to arrest him in a Central Avenue apartment.
Redwine also had a slew of domestic violence and drug charges. Eden says his last contact with police before the shooting was on March 7 when he was picked up for a probation violation.
More details about the shooting are expected to be made available by APD on Thursday.