ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police say the man who threatened his wife and children with a gun Saturday fired a barrage of shots at officers from inside his home. On Sunday, they released his name, pictures from the scene and a chilling 911 call.
“My husband, he held a gun,” a woman can be heard saying to an emergency dispatcher. “He pulled a gun on us.”
It’s the panicked 911 call that led Albuquerque police officers to a home in Ventana Ranch West.
“Oh, God, I’m scared,” the woman says later on.
Police say the woman on the phone with 911 is the wife of 50-year-old Armand Martin, the man who was killed Saturday evening after a nearly six-hour standoff with APD.
“They attempted for hours to communicate with this subject,” said Deputy Chief Eric Garcia.
Garcia says Martin was threatening his wife and children before they were able to get out of the home.
“One of the children showed officers a cellphone video of their father yelling and what appeared to be the father chambering a round in a handgun,” Garcia said.
Once officers were on scene, along with a CIT trained sergeant, Garcia says Martin didn’t have much to say to negotiators.
“It was learned that the suspect had been treated at the (Veterans Affairs) hospital for significant mental health related issues,” Garcia said.
According to Martin’s LinkedIn account, he spent 22 years in the Air Force Medical Service Corps, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
KRQE News 13 also confirmed he most recently was working at the Veterans Affairs office in Albuquerque.
Garcia says it was around 5:30 p.m. Saturday when Martin began shooting from the home’s top floor.
“Officers did not return any fire from this volley of gunshots by the suspect.”
Police say tear gas was used and at least one of Martin’s shots hit a nearby home, entering a bedroom.
Then things took a dramatic turn about an hour later.
“The suspect then exited through the front door actively shooting with two handguns,” Garcia said.
That’s when an APD SWAT officer pulled the trigger on his rifle.
“The suspect was pronounced deceased on scene,” Garcia said.
Garcia says one shot was fired at Martin, hitting him in the chest. He says two handguns were found next to Martin’s body, along with another one inside the home.
Police are not releasing the name of the officer who fired at Martin just yet. They will only say that he is a 12-year veteran with the department and that this is his first officer-involved shooting.
As for video, Garcia says they’re hoping to release that to media sometime Tuesday.
It’s not clear at this point just how many times Martin fired at officers from inside the home and outside the home.
He was charged in 2006 with misdemeanor domestic violence. That charge was later dismissed.