Family of Armed Man Killed in Shoplifting Incident Sues Albuquerque

The family of an Albuquerque man who was shot and killed during an alleged shoplifting incident is suing the city, claiming excessive force and seeking justice for their loved one.

Incident Overview

In January, an armed man, identified as Carlos Hernandez, was shot and killed by Albuquerque police during a shoplifting incident at a local convenience store. According to police reports, officers responded to a call about a suspected shoplifter who was reportedly armed. The confrontation escalated, resulting in officers fatally shooting Hernandez.

Family’s Lawsuit

The family of Carlos Hernandez has filed a lawsuit against the city of Albuquerque, alleging that the police used excessive force and failed to de-escalate the situation. The lawsuit claims that Hernandez, despite being armed, posed no immediate threat that warranted lethal force. The family is seeking damages and accountability from the city and the police department.

Allegations of Excessive Force

The lawsuit highlights several key points, including the family’s assertion that non-lethal methods should have been employed to subdue Hernandez. They argue that the officers’ actions were disproportionate to the threat posed and that Hernandez’s death could have been avoided with better de-escalation techniques.

Family of Armed Man Killed in Shoplifting Incident Sues Albuquerque

City and Police Response

The Albuquerque Police Department has stated that the officers involved followed protocol and acted in self-defense. According to their statement, Hernandez’s actions, including brandishing a weapon, left the officers with no choice but to use lethal force to protect themselves and others in the vicinity.

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Legal Proceedings

As the lawsuit progresses, it will bring scrutiny to the actions of the officers involved and the policies of the Albuquerque Police Department. The outcome could have significant implications for how future incidents are handled and may prompt reviews of current police training and use-of-force protocols.

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