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Alfred Redwine, 30
Albuquerque, New Mexico
March 26, 2014

Agencies: Albuquerque Police Department New Mexico | New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy DPS

Last updated: about 23 hours ago

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Albuquerque Police officers late Tuesday shot and killed a man outside an apartment building after they were called to the scene by a young girl who said the man had threatened her with a gun.

Police say 30-year-old Alfred Redwine fired at least one round when he came out of his apartment and an officer returned fire.

Neighbors who witnessed the shooting said they saw the man holding a gun to his head — but never pointing or shooting it at officers. They said police officers shot and killed him without giving him a chance to surrender.

The lapel camera video shows officers pointing what appear to be shotguns toward the apartment’s courtyard, and shots ring out. Police were shouting at Redwine to “Put the gun down!” and “We don’t want you to hurt yourself.”

Albuquerque police shot and killed another man Tuesday night after claiming he had shot at them first.

However, video from a witness contradicts this claim.

Albuquerque Police Chief Gordon Eden, who took over the beleaguered agency last month, claimed “the suspect, Alfred “Lionel” Redwine, exited the apartment with a firearm, and fired the firearm,” forcing the cops to open fire on him, according to KOB.

But Redwine’s family members say he was only holding a cell phone.

And the video, which shows him holding an object close to his head, seems to support this.

The incident took place hours after hundreds of Albuquerque citizens took to the streets to protest another incident in which police shot and killed a homeless man who had been camping illegally near the mountains.

And it once again disproves the theory that has been making the rounds on the internet that body-mounted cameras on officers lead to an automatic reduction in use of force incidents.

 

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