Albuquerque police ID suspect who died after being tased

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department has identified the man who died last week after he was tased.

Officers were called Friday to Cottonwood Mall about a man armed with a screwdriver breaking into cash registers.

APD says that man, 45-year-old Raul Gallegos, then took off. An officer chased him, then tased him after APD says Gallegos threatened the officer.

Police say Gallegos suffered a medical episode and died.

Officers had been looking for Gallegos since March, when they say he used a screwdriver to pry open the cash registers at the Winrock Dillards and made off with $1,500.

Police believe he was connected to similar thefts at stores around the city. 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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