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Video: N.M. Man Planned Death by Cop, Held "Thank You" Note

January 16, 2014  | 

VIDEO: N.M. Man Planned Death by Cop, Held "Thank You" Note

In a recently released video, Robert Garcia Sr. calmly ignores an officer's shouts to drop his gun, walking around an Albuquerque PD vehicle to approach the officer directly.

A shot rings out as Garcia appears to begin raising the gun, and he crumples to the ground. That's the scene depicted in the video from a lapel camera worn by Officer Peter Romero, who shot and wounded Garcia about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 15. It matches the account provided by authorities after the shooting, reports the Albuquerque Journal.

It turns out Garcia was carrying a pellet gun. He survived the shooting and later apologized to officers.

Albuquerque police released the video and others Wednesday to reporters who had requested them under the state Inspection of Public Records Act.

Tags: Albuquerque (N.M.) PD, Suicide by Cop, Body-Worn Cameras, Officer Involved Shootings


Comments (5)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 1/17/2014 2:23 AM

If people only knew how much pain and suffering this "act" causes Police Officers they wouldn't do it. Between the internal investigations and the FBI civil rights investigation the suspects are totally inconsiderate of anyone but themselves. I am hopeful this guy goes into a mentally ill data bank somewhere because he will try again. I feel really bad for the Officer that had to go through this unnecessary act of violence.

Thank you Officer Peter R @ 1/17/2014 9:00 AM

Officer Peter Romero you are a very brave officer. You kept your calm and did your job. Thanks for keeping us safe.

S.S. @ 1/17/2014 9:11 AM

Good Job Officer. Very difficult and stressful situation.

Really? @ 1/17/2014 12:35 PM

Do people have ANY idea what an officer must go through when they have to shoot someone? Especially when they are provoked or feel their life is in danger? Selfish Perps!

Mr.Smith @ 5/17/2014 1:21 AM

Good job, shoot a man with a pellet gun you little boy. Keep gunning people down like the rest of APD does. You need to be in prison, and your gun needs shoved up your rear. You perpetuate the stereotype of little man's syndrome. You like to feel powerful while you have the city of Albuquerque backing you up. Eyeball to eyeball and toe to toe you would be crumbled like a little bug without your backing and a gun. Still just a small, small man trying to be big. As for POLICE Magazine..it erases any comments that do not coincide with its believes...a prejudice if you will, so that only the comments supporting the abuse of power are posted. There is no point of having a magazine if you doctor the opinions of people reading it weather it be good, negative or indifferent. Therefore this magazine is a sham. Show me some negative feed back anywhere. PS APD likes shooting people and it is tolerated. A police department out of control with a gun fetish. Read the D.O.J reports.

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