ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Another fatal APD shooting took place Tuesday night, following a protest against the department just 10 days after the fatal foothills shooting that brought national attention and more scrutiny to the city’s police.
Albuquerque Police Department released select lapel cam video and 911 calls during a press conference less than a day after a deadly officer-involved shooting.
Police Chief Gorden Eden identified the suspect as Alfred Redwine late Wednesday afternoon. Eden said officers were initially called to a public housing complex at 60th Street and Central around 9 p.m. on Tuesday after Redwine threatened two teenage girls with a gun before retreating to his apartment next door.
Eden said police officers tried to make contact with Redwine several times using a P.A. system and by calling a few different phone numbers, but didn’t make contact until Redwine walked out armed.
Redwine’s sister told News 13 she had called him on his cell phone and told him to come out of the apartment just before the shooting.
“He had a cell phone and then he dropped the cell phone,” Tammy Redwine said. “Then he was dropping his other hand to drop the gun that he had to his head, and when he dropped everything to his sides, that’s when they opened fire and shot him.”
Eden said Redwine fired his gun, and that at least one officer shot at him. Four officers are on leave for the shooting, but Eden said they only believe one of them discharged a firearm. APD has not released that officer’s name, but Eden said they will Thursday.
The suspect was rushed to the hospital and died, according to police. The officers involved were not injured.
Early Wednesday morning Eden made a statement to the press, saying a man came out of his house and shot at police, who returned his fire.
Witnesses tell a different story about the shooting.
There was cellphone video captured that could be hard to watch. The video has been posted on YouTube by a man named Bob Cornelius. On his Facebook page, he says it was recorded by a neighbor and viewers can hear the shots fired.
The video shows a man in a white shirt apparently pointing something at his head. Video shows the man lower his hand before any shots are fired. Lots of people saw all of this happen, but they have different stories. Some witnesses believe the man was holding a phone in his hand, however, others say they saw a gun and believe the man didn’t fire, but only pointed it at his own head.
“It was a suicidal attempt at his head,” said witness Jorge Dimas.
Another witness, Wynema Gonzagowski, said, “I don’t understand. They said they had non-lethal weapons, Tazers. Why do you have to kill somebody?”
KRQE News 13 has learned Redwine has faced numerous charges in the past for weapons possession, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assaulting a police officer and more. Many of those charges were dropped, though.