ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police responded to a very tense situation Wednesday morning, when a man with a gun fired off shots near an elementary school.
Police said the man was suicidal, pointing the gun at himself, but police were able to talk him down.
APD officials said the two field officers that responded to the call handled it well and they were able to convince the man to put the gun down.
“We want to help you, put the gun down, can you put the gun down so we can talk?” the officers are heard on lapel video talking to the man.
Officers were dispatched just after 7 a.m. near Lomas and Eubank. Someone called 911 saying a man with a gun was making suicidal threats and yelling for someone to call police to respond.
The situation escalated when police said the man started shooting and fired off 9 to 10 shots.
Investigators said McCollum Elementary was placed on a brief lockdown as a precautionary measure, but no one was hurt.
When the two responding officers got to the call, they took cover behind a wall and used de-escalation tactics to try and talk the man down. “Don’t do this, don’t do this, come on man put the gun down alright! Think about being a father, look you’re a great father, this isn’t worth it. Think about your kids, your family,” the officers said.
Eventually the man complied and officers in this case safely took him into custody.
This incident comes amid growing controversy about APD’s response to situations like this, and the high number of police shootings in the city, including the deadly shooting of a homeless man in the foothills.
Just a few weeks ago, a man holding a gun to his head near Central and 60th Street was shot and killed by APD after threatening two young girls. The officer in that case said he pointed a gun at them.
As for the man in Wednesday’s incident, police said he will undergo a mental health evaluation. Police have not released the man’s identity, but they did say he will face criminal charges because of the shots he fired off before police arrived.