ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department just released video of a controversial shooting from 10 months ago. Last May police shot and killed Armand Martin, an air force veteran, at his Ventana Ranch home.
The just-released video was taken by a neighbor, but the attorney for the victim’s family wants to know why it took so long for Albuquerque Police to show it to you.
The neighbor was recording the video on his cell phone from across the street.
“We’re concerned with you and your health,” an officer is heard saying over a PA system outside the Ventana Ranch home. “We’re not here to harm you. We don’t want anybody to get hurt.”
Albuquerque Police got to 50-year-old Armand Martin’s home after his wife called saying he pulled a gun on her and the kids, threatening them.
Martin had a history of mental health issues.
After police showed up, he told them over the phone that he was just trying to sleep, but the standoff continued for nearly six hours.
“He had committed a felony crime with a firearm, threatening his family members and that’s something we could not walk away from,” said APD Deputy Chief William Roseman.
Cell phone video shows bullets flying out the second-story windows about five hours after the original call to 911.
“There was an excess of 20 impacts inside the house, in the upstairs area of the house at least 12 casings were found,” Roseman said.
Cell phone video shows Martin as he walks out and two quick shots are heard, which police say came from Martin, followed by one fatal shot fired by APD.
Joe Kennedy, the attorney for Martin’s family wants to know why it took nearly a year to see this video.
“The city should be in the business of providing information as much as possible and they just failed. They dropped the ball on this one,” Kennedy said.
APD just said it reached a point in the investigation that allowed it.
“The detective is in the final stages of completing the case and turning everything over to the District Attorney,” Roseman said.
Kennedy isn’t convinced.
“When it suits their purpose, they come right out with a video. There are many shootings they’ve come right out with the video without withholding it,” Kennedy said. “When they have some concerns or issues with their own liability, they withhold it. It’s not a consistent policy.”
APD video shows what looks like a gun in Martin’s hand as officers walk up to his body, but we don’t see video from officers of the actual shooting—only from a neighbor’s cell phone.
Deputy Chief Roseman told KRQE the helmet cameras only have a two-hour battery life, so officers were turning them on and off throughout the six-hour standoff.
Attorneys for Martin’s family will review the video before deciding what step to take next.
APD says the officer who fired the deadly shot has returned back to full duty.