Man who admitted to shooting motorcyclist claims self-defense

Earl Roybal
Earl Roybal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The man who shot a motorcyclist in March told officers it was self-defense, and now KRQE News 13 has obtained the video from that day.

Several calls flooded 911 in less than five minutes.

“Hurry. Hurry, please,” one caller told dispatchers.

The caller was referring to the scene at the “Hose It” car wash near Coors and Quail. A man had just been shot three times.

One of the callers was the shooter himself.

“There was a shooting over here at the car wash. Hose It Car Wash. The guy said he had a gun. Hit me in the face. I had a gun too,” he said.

Earl Roybal, 59, had just been shot. One of the people who ran to his side was Shawn Tillman. He told officers on scene that he was trained in first aid and ran over once he heard the shots.

Just minutes before the gun shots rang out, surveillance video from the car wash showed Roybal washing his motorcycle, while his girlfriend stood by his side. A black car pulled up near the front of the stall. Witnesses told police Roybal and the man from the car got into an argument.

Then you see a flash from the gun shots.

When officers detained the man who admitted to shooting Roybal, they found a gun and a knife in his pocket. But the entire time, he insisted he shot Roybal in self-defense.

“He said he had a gun. He hit me first,” he said.

The Albuquerque Police Department has finished its investigation. The District Attorney’s Office will now decide if the shooter should face charges or if it was self-defense.

Roybal did have a gun, but according to documents he never pulled it out. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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