Police ID man shot in SWAT standoff

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – We’re learning a lot more about the man killed in a deadly SWAT standoff with APD on Saturday.

Police identified the man as 50-year-old Armand Martin.

The standoff took place at a home near Corn Mountain and Coyote Canyon where police say Martin shot at officers with two handguns – and APD returned fire.

About every window appears to be shot out now. According to APD, Martin was firing inside his home during the SWAT situation.Armand Martin

The only new information APD released Sunday is Martin’s name.

According to Martin’s LinkedIn account, he spent 22 years in the U.S. Air Force medical service corps, ending his service as a lieutenant colonel.

Most recently, the account shows Martin having worked as an administrative officer of surgical services with the Veterans Affairs Office in Albuquerque, and the VA Office did confirm he worked there.

Online court records show one arrest for Martin in 2006. He was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence against a household member. The charge was later dismissed.

In the neighborhood where the SWAT situation took place, one man who lived next door to Martin and his family says this whole thing is hard to believe.

“Very nice gentleman,” said Gus Kramer. “The family was great. The kids are great. We never would think that this could happen or anything would escalate from his persona.”

Another neighbor said Martin’s psychologist was to reason with him. Saturday night, APD said officers trained in crisis intervention were on scene, too.

On Sunday, APD detectives made their way to the scene – going door to door talking to anyone who may have seen or heard anything.

Family and friends returned to the home Sunday cleaning up broken glass and gathering a few items.

One woman said it smelled like tear gas had been used inside the home.

At a news conference held Sunday night, Deputy Chief Eric Garcia said APD plans to have video and audio evidence of the shooting by Tuesday. He said SWAT was called in because it was believed Martin was armed and could be a danger to neighbors.

Garcia also added Martin had a history of suicide attempts and threats. At least one of the bullets he shot that night struck another home, Garica said.

The officer who shot Martin has been put on administrative leave per APD policy, Garcia said. His name has not been released yet.

At the news conference, APD played the 911 call from Martin’s wife. She told police Martin had pulled a gun on her, “went crazy” and told her to get out of the house. She told dispatchers she didn’t know Martin owned a gun.

Less-than-lethal force was used before officers shot Martin, who was struck once in the chest area, Garcia said.

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