ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Around 10 Friday morning a man came in to City Hall with a holstered gun. The gun never left that holster, but the Albuquerque Police Department says he was causing a scene.
“The subject was observed to have a firearm in his possession, banging on doors, demanding to be let in. He was also on the phone outside of the area and was talking to himself and rambling on and on,” said Tannier Tixier of APD.
He was banging on doors of the dispute resolution area and APD knew they needed to take action.
The resolution area is for city workers to hash out their differences; this man was not a city worker.
“Because of his actions, even though he didn’t make directed threats or pull firearm out of his holster, based on the entire totality of circumstances, we decided to place the entire facility on lock down,” said Tixier.
APD just wanted to be on the safe side after someone in the building called in about the threatening scene.
“City Hall, there’s no law against bringing a gun in to City Hall. The reason for the response was for the individuals actions while armed,” said Tixier.
The man was inside the building for less than 10 minutes. The mayor’s office says it’s seen situations like this before and doesn’t feel any changes to the law need to be made.
“Typically, as long as you have your protocols and plans in place, I think everyone is going to be fine in this type of situation,” said Gilbert Montaño, Mayor Chief of Staff.
People we spoke with disagree and say there needs to be change so they can feel safe again.
“I hate it. I hate that someone can take a gun in to City Hall,” said Pamela Michaelis.
APD lifted the lock down when surveillance video showed he’d already left the building. Police questioned him at his home, but let him be.
APD still hasn’t said what he was upset about and why he went into City Hall to vent.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story)