- Associated Press - Saturday, June 7, 2014

ALBUQUQERUE, N.M. (AP) - Two officers who shot and killed a knife-wielding man who reportedly attacked his girlfriend and another man tried backing away before ultimately firing, according to police video released Friday.

The Albuquerque Police Department released an arriving sergeant’s lapel-camera video and audio from the May 22 shooting of suspect Ralph Chavez just north of downtown.

The video shows the two officers who shot Chavez stepping back across traffic lanes just before firing.

“Mr. Chavez approached the officers roughly 24 feet with a knife in his hand, and the officers retreated roughly 24 feet trying to de-escalate it when shots were fired,” Deputy Chief William Roseman said.

Officer Ryan Graves can be heard shouting several times at Chavez to put the knife down.

Graves’ rain jacket obscured his camera, and the other officer, Brian Fuchs, failed to turn his camera on, police said.

An internal affairs investigation will also focus on why there was no video of the actual shooting, Roseman said. That investigation will start after the criminal investigation is complete.

The officers fatally shot Chavez under an Interstate 40 overpass after authorities said he attacked a woman believed to be his girlfriend and then slashed the throat of a man who came to her aid.

Chavez initially yelled at officers to shoot him while they shouted at him to let go of his weapon. The officers ended up firing seven bullets, three of them hitting Chavez.

Since the shooting, Graves has resumed normal duty. Fuchs has yet to be cleared. Both have been with the department since 2009.

The man Chavez slashed with a knife was released from the hospital this week, the Albuquerque Journal reported. The unidentified man had five wounds, Roseman said.

The fatal shooting marks the third by the Albuquerque Police Department since the U.S. Justice Department released a scathing review of its use of force, and the agency’s 40th police shooting since 2010. The city has entered negotiations with the Justice Department over reforms, but it could take months for the two sides to outline an agreement.

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