Police shoot, kill woman suspected of auto theft

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Officials say a 19-year-old woman had a gun and pointed it at police, so they opened fire, killing her.

The shooting happened near Wyoming and Zuni in southeast Albuquerque around 6 a.m.

Police Chief Gorden Eden says police were out here looking for a car thief when they spotted the woman heading east on Wyoming.

Eden says an officer started running after her.

“The suspect stopped turned and pointed a handgun at close range…the officer fired at the suspect,” Chief Eden said.

The suspect was dead on scene.

Neighbors say they heard and saw officers in the area for about an hour before the shooting.

“All I heard was the three gunshots and it turned quiet. I didn’t hear no yelling, no nothing. I just heard a lot of cop cars coming,” Alberto Lopez said.

Police haven’t identified the victim because they’re still trying to get ahold of family.

They also haven’t identified the officer who shot her, but they do say he or she is on standard paid leave.

When asked if the APD chief was going to provide more details about the shooting, officials said they would let KRQE News 13 know when they know.

This is the third deadly police shooting in five weeks in Albuquerque.

It’s the first since the Department of Justice came out with its findings on the department, saying there’s a culture of aggression and pattern of excessive force.

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