New Mexico Man Dead After Altercation With Cops

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque police say a knife-wielding man yelled at officers to shoot him after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend and then slashed the throat of a man who tried to help her.

Deputy Chief William Roseman played audio recordings from the officers in which they yelled at him to drop the knife and he yelled back for them to shoot him.

The officers pleaded with the man, but Roseman says the man continued to aggressively approach them.

The officers then fired at the man. He was taken to an Albuquerque hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Roseman says the man has been identified as Ralph Chavez. He did not release the officers' names.

This marks the third fatal shooting by Albuquerque police since the U.S. Justice Department released a scathing review of the agency's use of force. In all, police have had 40 shootings since 2010.


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