ALBUQUEQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police still will not say much about the deadly police shooting of a 19-year-old woman, but they did identify the officer who pulled the trigger on Monday.
The officer has a checkered past and came under attack for changing his testimony about another APD shooting that he witnessed—a shooting the feds blasted in the recent Department of Justice report.
Police Officer Jeremy Dear shot and killed 19-year-old Mary Hawkes on Monday near Wyoming and Zuni.
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Police said Dear chased after Hawkes, a suspected truck thief, when…
“The suspect stopped, turned and pointed a handgun at close range,” Chief Gorden Eden said on Monday.
Mike Gomez wants to know, is that based on lapel video or is Chief Eden taking Officer Dear at his word.
“This officer is a proven liar,” Gomez said. “If he said he did it and there is no audio or video recordings to prove it, you can’t believe it. It’s like he said she said, but unfortunately the ‘she said’ part of this is dead.”
Gomez has dealt with Dear before.
Dear was at the scene three years ago when Officer Sean Wallace shot and killed Mike’s son, Alan, during a SWAT standoff as he stood on his porch unarmed.
During a lawsuit against APD the Gomez family attorneys claimed Dear told at least two different stories about what led up to that shooting, matching his stories with Wallace’s.
The city paid out $900,000 and just two weeks ago, the DOJ zeroed in on that shooting in its report to highlight APD’s problems.
Two years ago, KRQE reported Officer Dear was one of 55 officers red-flagged at the time by APD for having at least three potential problems, which could mean anything from missing court to use of force.
Gomez said, in this case, the lapel video if there is any will tell the whole story.
“If that lady pointed a gun at him, well, he had to defend himself, but why hasn’t it come out yet?” Gomez asked. “Believe me, when things are on their side it comes out within hours. Where’s the dog and pony show from Eden?”
KRQE News 13 has been asking APD since Monday how Chief Eden knows that Hawkes pointed a gun at Dear, like he said, before Dear fatally shot the 19-year-old—what is that information based on?
So far, APD has ignored the question.
News 13 will ask again on Wednesday when the chief holds a news conference. You can watch the live stream online on KRQE.com at 10:30 a.m.
For now, Dear is on standard paid leave.
The patrol cop has been with the department since 2007.