ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An officer in Sunday’s fatal Albuquerque police shooting was hired by the department shortly after he was fired from New Mexico State Police in connection with a double-dipping scandal.
Detective Keith [auth] Sandy, a seven-year veteran with Albuquerque police, was fired by New Mexico State Police in 2007 following allegations a private contractor paid him for teaching classes while state police paid him to take classes.
Sandy never faced criminal charges in connection with the allegations.
Albuquerque police named Sandy and Dominique Perez as the officers linked to the fatal shooting of a man in the foothills on Sunday. Both have been placed on administrative leave.
Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden said the man was shot after he threatened the officers’ lives. Eden told reporters the man was shot Sunday night and was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital. The man, who has not been identified, later died.
Eden said “less-than-lethal force” was used to calm the man, but an officer eventually fired one shot.
Officials did not say which officer fired.
Albuquerque police also have released very little information on the case.
The shooting comes as Albuquerque police is under a U.S. Justice Department investigation over excessive force and three dozen police shootings since 2010.
Sandy was hired by Albuquerque police two months later and rose to the rank of detective.
In 2011 he was involved in the arrest of District Judge Albert S. “Pat” Murdoch of Albuquerque, who was charged with rape and intimidating a witness. The district attorney in Santa Fe announced last week she wouldn’t press charges in the Murdoch case.