OMI: Officer’s taser was factor in robbery suspect’s death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A report from OMI determined an officer’s taser was a factor in a robbery suspect’s death.

Raul Gallegos led officers on a 10 minute foot chase from Cottonwood Mall back in June after they say he emptied out a cash register at Sears.

To get Gallegos to stop running, officers tased him and hit him in the back of the head. When officers realized Gallegos wasn’t breathing, they gave him CPR for five minutes, but he died at the scene.

According to the Office of the Medical Investigator, Gallegos died due to a combination of the taser, meth and cocaine. They ruled his death a homicide.

At the time of the incident, Albuquerque Police said under its standard operating procedures, because Gallegos refused to stop running after several commands he was considered “actively resistant,” giving officers the okay to deploy their tasers. 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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