- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque police on Tuesday released the names of the two officers who last week shot and killed a knife-wielding man during a confrontation north of downtown after he reportedly attacked his girlfriend and a man who tried to help her.

Police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said officers Ryan Graves and Brian Fuchs are on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting. Neither officer has been involved in a previous police shooting, she said.

Graves and Fuchs shot and killed the suspect Thursday under an Interstate 40 overpass after authorities say he attacked a woman believed to be his girlfriend and then slashed the throat of a man who came to her aid.

Police tentatively identified the suspect as Ralph Chavez but said they are awaiting more information to positively ID him.

Police say the man yelled at officers to shoot him and ignored their commands during a standoff.

At a news briefing Friday, Deputy Chief William Roseman played audio recordings from the officers, in which they yelled at him to drop the knife and he yelled back for them to shoot him.

“I do not want to shoot you! I do not want to shoot you!” an officer is heard telling the suspect in the audio played to reporters. At least eight shots also are heard.

Lapel video footage of the shooting has not been released. Roseman said police were still examining it.

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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