ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Was it a stray bullet or a message?
Someone fired a shot at an office building where a high-profile attorney works — an attorney who’s taking on the city in a high-profile case involving the Albuquerque Police Department.
The same day the feds said they’re looking into claims that APD has altered or deleted videos, someone fired a bullet into the attorney’s office that’s representing the man behind the claims.
“Between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. last night, somebody fired at least one gunshot into my office building,” said Attorney Thomas Grover.
Grover said finding a bullet hole at his Northeast Heights office building near Paseo and Eubank is disturbing.
“It went into an office adjacent from my personal office and actually penetrated the walls of other offices nearby,” said Grover.
But he said it doesn’t surprise him.
“I was a cop long enough to know there aren’t really any coincidences,” said Grover.
Grover was a former APD Sergeant. He said the bullet hole can only mean two things.
“It suggests that even here, a quiet office park consisting of accountants, real estate agents, and attorneys is subject to random gun fire up here in the far Northeast Heights,” said Grover.
But he said it could also mean something else.
“Perhaps, this is at worst case a targeted activity,” said Grover.
It was Thursday when the US Justice Department said it’s investigating whether APD lapel camera videos have been altered or deleted. Concerns stem from allegations made by former police records custodian, Reynaldo Chavez.
Grover represents Chavez.
“I know that there is a third rail out there and I think to some extent that’s probably an indication of what last night’s shooting was about,” said Grover.
For Grover, he just hopes his gut feeling is wrong.
“You know maybe it’s not that, but it’s a reflection that there is the propensity for violent crime at any location,” said Grover. “So really under both perspectives, it’s just not good”
APD is investigating the shooting.
Grover is representing Reynaldo Chavez in his whistleblower suit.
While Chavez claims he was fired for standing up to his bosses, APD and the city have said he was let go for unprofessional conduct and poor job performance.