Police ID man killed in officer-involved shooting

John Edward Okeefe
John Edward Okeefe 12-23-14

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – More details are emerging in the officer-involved shooting Tuesday evening. Police have identified the suspect who was shot and killed as 34-year-old John O’Keefe. Neighbors are also speaking out about what they saw, including video captured in the seconds following the gunfire.

John Edward Okeefe
John Edward Okeefe

It all started when police say they took a call in reference to a couple of suspicious guys near San Mateo and Constitution just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say they caught one and the other, O’Keefe, took off running and later shot at police.

“The subject produced a fire arm and shot at (officers) at least twice,” Deputy Chief Robert Huntsman said Tuesday night during a briefing with media.

Those living and working nearby won’t soon forget the scene.

“I saw someone running down the street then I saw a series of police officers on a very high speed chase,” salon owner Leonard Jaramillo said.

That’s when things took a terrible turn.

“I saw (the suspect) turn around, pull out a gun and start to shoot.”

Jaramillo remembers going to the floor.

“At that point, I saw the police return fire,” Jaramillo said.

Elizabeth Galvez shares a very similar story. She lives just across the street from where it happened.

“We saw a lot of police activity outside the front window,” Galvez said.

She says one police officer parked just outside of her home.

“He got out of his car, drew his gun, walked down the alley and shot,” she said. “My husband threw me to the ground away from the window and we heard another nine shots and it was all over within 30, 45 seconds.”

O’Keefe, a convicted felon according to police, was shot and killed in a dirt alley just east of San Mateo.

“After that it was just chaos,” Galvez said.

Two officers opened fire and no officers were injured.

“It was like being in an episode of CSI,” Jaramillo said.

“We’ve heard a lot about the police shootings here in town but when it’s right here in your front yard, it’s really frightening,” Galvez added.

APD says the gun and bulletproof vest O’Keefe used the night of the shooting were confirmed stolen from a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy.

BCSO says the deputy was at work Monday when someone broke into his house and took them.

“They do have serial numbers so we were able to trace that and confirm that it was in fact his body armor,” said Sgt. Aaron Williamson with BCSO.

He says the gun, though, was the deputy’s personal weapon and he had two others stolen that night that police haven’t found yet.

“We don’t know at this point if that act was specifically targeted towards law enforcement or if they just saw a house and decided to go in,” Williamson said.

Police are trying to figure out if O’Keefe is the thief who broke into the deputy’s home or if he just ended up with the gun.

Police say the shooting was caught on lapel camera.

A police spokesman says O’Keefe has a criminal record dating back to 2000 when he was arrested on narcotics charges in Missouri.

As for the other suspect, police say he was treated for dizziness and questioned before being released. Charges are pending as the investigation continues.

Forensic examiners are still figuring out how many rounds were fired by both the officers and O’Keefe.

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