ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque police detective who fatally shot an Iraq War veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder became the focus of the second day of testimony in a civil trial.
Former federal agent and police chief Melvin Tucker took the stand Friday as an expert witness for the family of Kenneth Ellis. The family is suing the city of Albuquerque for damages in their son’s death.
Tucker questioned why Detective Brett Lampiris-Tremba was hired and retained by the force.
According to police, Lampiris-Tremba shot and killed Ellis outside a convenience store in January 2010 after Ellis pointed a gun to his own head.
Lampiris-Tremba was cleared of wrongdoing by police internal affairs and a grand jury, but a state district judge ruled last month that the shooting was excessive force.
The detective is scheduled to take the stand Monday.