ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police are investigating a shooting in the foothills near 1100 Stutz NE.
Police say a homeowner shot a burglar around 10:15 Thursday morning at the home near Lomas and Tramway.
“I don’t have the specifics of whether or not the intruder was armed, or what the intruder’s intentions were. I don’t think we’ll ever know now that he is deceased,” said APD Officer Tanner Tixier during the early stages of the investigation Thursday morning.
APD later identified the suspect at Robert Bartley. Investigators say Bartley forced his way into the home and awoke the homeowner. The homeowner then armed himself and found Bartley armed with a knife crouching in the kitchen. Bartley reportedly lunged at the homeowner and that is when the homeowner opened fire hitting Bartley numerous times.
Bartley was taken to a hospital where he died.
Video taken from Sky News 13 showed crime scene investigators going inside the home. The homeowner was questioned, and APD said he was cooperative with police.
“He’s a witness, and he did end up shooting and killing somebody,” Tixier said. “Whether or not he’s going to be charged, it’s way too early to determine that. You do have a right to defend yourself in your home, but we’re going to need to look at all the evidence involved, so that’s why he’s in our custody,” Tixier said.
By evening, Stutz Drive was was still closed at least six hours after the shooting. Neighbors expressed concern about the incident.
“It’s a real quiet neighborhood. There’s no real commotion that goes on a lot here, so it’s pretty surprising that something like this happened,” said Isaac Torres, a resident for 23 years. “You never know whose house they could choose, or when they could choose it, but hopefully there’s no more commotion like that,” he said.
The name of the homeowner were not released by Thursday evening. Police say no charges have been filed and they do not anticipate any charges to be filed.