Police Investigating Man's Death During Standoff

May 4, 2014

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UPDATE Mon. 5/5 5:30a - Albuquerque police said Sunday that an officer shot a man during a long SWAT standoff, but it remains unconfirmed if that caused the man's death.

Police said that 50-year-old Armand Martin walked out of an Albuquerque home Saturday and fired two handguns.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that police said at a news conference that he fired at least 11 shots from inside and outside his West Side home before a SWAT team member fired a single shot that struck his chest.

The paper says that as of Sunday, police had not confirmed if Martin, an Air Force veteran, died from police fire.

The shooting occurred as police face pending U.S. Justice Department reforms over excessive force. It is the second such incident since the federal officials issued a scathing report over the Albuquerque Police Department's use of force.


Albuquerque police say an officer shot at a man after a long SWAT standoff and the man is dead.

Deputy Chief Eric Garcia told reporters that the man died Saturday at an Albuquerque home after the man walked out of the home and fired two handguns. He did not say if the man died from gunshot wounds.

Authorities did not release any information on the suspect nor the name of the officer who fired.

Police say the man barricaded himself inside his house following a domestic dispute. Authorities say the man contacted local media outlets during the nearly eight-hour standoff.

Albuquerque police have shot nearly 40 people since 2010. This is the second police shooting since the U.S. Justice Department released a scathing report attacking Albuquerque police over its use of excessive force.