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Albuquerque police kill year's third victim


A 27-year-old man believed to be schizophrenic was killed in a police-involved shooting in northwest Albuquerque on Tuesday.

It began when officers attempted to serve a warrant for Christopher Torres' arrest at his home on the 7600 block of Sunrose Drive, near Paseo del Norte Boulevard and Golf Course Road, around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The two detectives found Torres in the backyard. As they tried to arrest him he became violent, pulling Detective Richard Hilger down to the ground while reaching for Hilger's holstered weapon. That's when Detective Christopher Brown drew his gun and fired three times at Torres' chest.

The area was soon surrounded by police officers, a SWAT team and a bomb squad as officials worked to secure a one-block perimeter. Residents were told to keep clear of windows and doors while others who tried to access their homes were sent away. Police later said they were unsure if anyone else was inside the home and used SWAT officers as guards until a search warrant could be obtained. Five hours later the lockdown was lifted. At the time, authorities did not reveal why increased security was necessary.

Torres is the son of Renetta Torres, Bernalillo County's deputy manager for administrative services.

APD officials say they have records showing that Torres had a history of mental illness but have withheld all information until the investigation is complete. Torres' grandfather later told KOB that his grandson suffered from schizophrenia.

The detectives were initially dispatched to the home to arrest Torres on aggravated auto burglary charges stemming from a February 17th incident where he reportedly attacked a woman in her car while at a red light. A criminal complaint notes in that same day, 25 different calls reporting road rage or erratic driving were made to 911 matching the license plate and vehicle Torres was confirmed in.

Three days later Torres surfaced again, this time at an Albuquerque restaurant attempting to take a customer's gun. He was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Officers Hilger and Brown are on standard paid administrative leave pending an investigation by outside agencies. Torres' family has hired a private investigator to look into the incident.

It's the third officer-caused death this year for Albuquerque police.


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