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Albuquerque PD Criticized by Public for Officer-Involved Shootings

June 15, 2010  | 

Seven officer-involved shootings in the first six months of the year has people questioning the Albuquerque Police Department's tactics.

This time last year, there was only one officer-involved shooting. The most recent case received criticism.

A lot of people who live in a neighborhood near Juan Tabo Boulevard and Spain Road said police used excessive force when they shot and killed a man inside a home on Thursday.

One of those neighbors even wrote a letter to the mayor expressing his concerns and saying this shouldn't have happened.

"I'm really angry that I called for help and this happened," one resident said.

A woman, who did not want to be identified, called 911 Thursday night reporting her neighbor Chris Hinz was drunk and threatening to commit suicide. She said she wasn't prepared for what happened next.
"It was absolutely unnecessary. I cannot believe it happened. What were they thinking?" the woman said.

Police said when they got there Hinz was shooting a weapon from inside the home. Police said after a two-hour standoff, Hinz came outside with a rifle and that's when officers fired and killed him.

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9878 @ 6/15/2010 4:53 PM

I guess the neighbor wanted the police to further endanger the neighborhood by allowing the drunk, suicidal man to walk around with a rifle. Or maybe "couldn't they have just shot him in the leg?"

SAM551974D @ 6/15/2010 9:42 PM

The rest of the story: This was a shots fired call out…According to release Chris Hinz was extremely drunk and would not put down his high-powered rifle Thursday night, according to police. When he kept coming toward them, policy said two SWAT team officers opened fire and fatally wounded Hinz.. Both are APD officers were 10-year veterans of the department. The process of what happens after a shooting is very difficult and stressful for (ALL), the families involved, officers, department and community. I think key issues are alcohol, weapons, never helps when emotions are running high. Living with the fact you had to take a life is never easy!!...I think we all should not rush to judgment until more facts are in via Investigation. There were some who called for why not shoot the arms or legs…You do not shoot to wound you shoot to stop the threat...All gunshots can be fatal even in arms and legs where you have major arteries if struck. There will be lessons from this like everything in life. There is a great responsibility that comes with any position of authority where a death may result you must act to prevent others. As with any incident we find ourselves facing, it will shape us forever and never be forgotten!

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