Video: SWAT officers told suspect to drop gun

July 24, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque SWAT officers yelled at an armed man at least three times to drop his [auth] gun before they fatally shot him in a parking lot Tuesday, newly released video footage shows.

Videos police made public Thursday shows two tactical officers running after Jeremy Joe Robertson, 33, before at least two shots are heard. The videos don’t show the shooting or display Robertson’s direct encounter with police.

However, Albuquerque police released photos of a gun they say Robertson pointed at at least one person, and a still shot from an officer’s lapel camera shows a gun on the floor near Robertson’s body.

Another video shows someone police say is a witness who Robertson held at gunpoint before his encounter with officers.

Albuquerque police said agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were seeking to take Robertson into custody when he fled from plain-clothed detectives at a gas station Tuesday. As Robertson ran away, authorities said, he pulled a handgun from his waist.

“As detectives chased after Robertson, who now has a gun in his hand, a detective deployed his handheld Taser at Robertson, but the Taser missed,” a police report said.

Albuquerque officers Anthony Sedler and Ramon Ornelas later shot him about a block away from where the chase began. He died at the scene, police said.

Robertson was wanted by federal authorities for possible illegal firearms possession, police said.

Police say he also was facing charges of aggravated assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon stemming for a case earlier this year in Rio Rancho.

Albuquerque police spokeswoman Janet Blair said both officers who shot Robertson have fatally shot suspects in other cases. “They are part of a tactical team that is called out during high risk, dangerous cases,” she said.

Ornelas was one of two officers who fatally shot Daniel Gonzales, 56, during a 2010 Tucumcari standoff.

Sedler was involved in two other fatal shootings: the 2010 shooting of Chris Hinz and the 2013 shooting of Parrish Dennison.

The shooting comes as the city of Albuquerque and the U.S. Justice Department were finishing negotiations over ordered reforms following a harsh report into the police department’s use of force.

Albuquerque police also have been under scrutiny for 41 police shootings — 27 of them fatal — since 2010.

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