You can see the footage prior to the shooting here.
A couple of questions arise as we watched the video.
The officers calls for backup and does not wait for assistance for backup before he invades the suspects space why ?
Why was deadly force used instead of a taser or k-9?
Does officer provoke the man to swing the shovel ?
Was this man a threat to society ?
If officer would of backed up and waited for assistance would this man still be alive today?
At what point is is lawful to use deadly force ?
What was the tone of the officer speaking right before he is attacked ?
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Just a day after a district attorney announced murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers, authorities said another city police officer shot and killed a man Tuesday night.
Police said the latest shooting happened just before 5 p.m. after officers were dispatched to a busy eastern Albuquerque street after a report of suspicious criminal activity.
The officers arrived and took one man into custody, but another man fled on foot, police said.
Albuquerque police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza said the fleeing man later fired shots at the officers, and at least one officer returned fire, killing the suspect. The man was wearing body armor, and his weapon was found near his body, Espinoza said.
The man’s name was not released. The name of officer who fired shots also was not released.
Albuquerque Deputy Chief Robert Huntsman told reporters that no officers were seriously injured.
Patrick Dowless, who lives near where the shooting took place, told that Journal that he saw what he believes is a body lying near the scene of the shooting.
“I heard 11 to 14 shots and heard screeching tires and sirens, so I knew something was happening,” Dowless said. “I went outside and saw lots of officers running towards a body and some running the other way. The officers were standing over the body but when the paramedics arrived they stood up right away.”
Tuesday’s shooting marks the department’s third this year — first fatal one — and comes a day after Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced that she was seeking murder charges against two officers for the March shooting of James Boyd, a 38-year-old homeless man who authorities said suffered from mental illness.