Vincent Wood, 66

Albuquerque, New Mexico
July 06, 2013

Agencies: Albuquerque Police Department New Mexico

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: about 6 years ago


Man brandishing large knives suffered nine gunshot wounds

A 66-year-old man shot and killed by Albuquerque police earlier this month suffered nine gunshot wounds, with as many as six of the bullets going through the back of his body, according to the autopsy report provided by his family.

The number and location of gunshot wounds that medical investigators found in Vincent Wood’s body have prompted the Vietnam veteran’s family to accuse the police of “overkill,” and they wonder why officers didn’t wait just a little while longer for the arrival of an officer trained in de-escalation techniques.

Wood, who his family said was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, was shot July 5 by two Albuquerque Police Department officers while brandishing two large knives at them in a gas station parking lot in the Northeast part of the city.

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