ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Less than two weeks after the feds released a blistering report on Albuquerque Police, there was another deadly police shooting on Monday.
Chief Gorden Eden said the 19-year-old woman who died was a suspected car thief who had pointed a gun at officers.
KRQE News 13 has learned she also was a judge’s daughter.
“Earlier this morning, officers were looking for a suspect in an auto theft that had occurred earlier,” Chief Eden said.
Chief Eden said police saw that suspect running east on Zuni from Wyoming around 6 a.m. on Monday.
“The suspect stopped, turned and pointed a handgun at close range,” Chief Eden.
He said that is why an officer shot and killed the 19-year-old woman.
KRQE News 13 has learned it was Mary Hawkes, daughter of former Belen Police officer and retired Valencia County Judge Danny Hawkes.
As a judge, he started a program to bring the magistrate courtroom to schools so kids can see the consequences of taking drugs and drinking and driving.
KRQE talked to him about it back in 2009.
“If we can save one life, it’s very important and I believe, in this program, we have saved lives,” Danny Hawkes said.
He is well-known for trying to help troubled kids turn their lives around, adopting and fostering children like 19-year-old Mary. But she had been arrested at least four times in the last year on charges including shoplifting and drinking.
Sources say the retired judge also has a son who works as an Albuquerque Police officer.
As APD stayed on scene investigating throughout the day, neighbors described what they heard.
“I heard like three shots. Pow. Pow. Pow,” said Alberto Lopez.
While APD chased the 19-year-old, a dispatcher warned officers she had been reaching in her right front pocket area.
KRQE tried to ask Chief Eden at Monday night’s city council meeting how he knew she pointed a gun at police—if that was based on lapel video or an officer’s account. He left out the back door before we could ask him.
News 13 also asked an APD spokesperson who would only say more information will be released on Tuesday.
APD said only one officer fired at Mary Hawkes. The department has not named that officer.