- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque police said Sunday that an officer shot a suspect during a long SWAT standoff as the man came out of a house “actively shooting.”

The suspect, identified as 50-year-old Armand Martin, came out of the Albuquerque home firing two handguns, police said.

Police said at a news conference that he fired at least 11 shots from inside and outside his West Side home before a SWAT team member fired a single shot that struck his chest, the Albuquerque Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1nd8nWv ).

The paper said that as of Sunday, police had not confirmed if Martin, an Air Force veteran, died from police fire.

The shooting occurred as police face pending U.S. Justice Department reforms over excessive force. It is the second such incident since the federal officials issued a scathing report over the Albuquerque Police Department’s use of force.

Albuquerque police have shot nearly 40 people since 2010.

Tension over the department’s use of force escalated in March after police shot and killed a homeless camper in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains during a long standoff. Video from an officer’s helmet showed police fired on the man, James Boyd, 38, as he appeared to be preparing to surrender. Just over a week later, police shot and killed Alfred Redwine, 30, after a standoff.

Two weeks ago, a 19-year-old woman suspected of stealing a truck was shot and killed by an officer during a chase with Albuquerque police.

Martin allegedly threatened his wife and two children with a gun around noon Saturday, Albuquerque Police Department Deputy Chief Eric Garcia told reporters.

The SWAT team arrived when Martin refused to come out of the house, police said, and the crisis intervention unit arrived as well.

“It was learned that the suspect had been treated at the VA hospital for significant mental health issues,” Garcia said, adding that police tried to get his health records from the hospital were refused.

Police said Martin fired into the neighborhood from the second floor of his home. Officers responded by firing tear gas but continued to hear gunshots.

Garcia said about an hour later, Martin came out of the front door “actively shooting with two handguns,” and an officer fired one shot, the Journal reported.

Two handguns were found next to Martin, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Garcia. Another was found inside the home, he said.

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