Albuquerque Police Waited Two Days To Conduct Interview In Latest Shooting

Apr 25, 2014

  An Albuquerque police official says investigators waited more than 48 hours before they interviewed the officer involved in the troubled department's latest shooting.

Deputy Chief Robert Huntsman tells KOB-TV there were several reasons for the delay in interviewing the officer who killed 19-year-old Mary Hawkes on Monday. Huntsman says the case investigator had to testify in a murder trial the next day, there was a homicide on Tuesday, and the department likes to give officers time to de-stress after a shooting.

Police didn't immediately respond to calls and emails from The Associated Press seeking further comment from Huntsman on department policy.

But Huntsman did tell KOB that the practice of waiting may change as APD works on reforms in response to U.S. Justice Department report that found many of the department's recent shootings to be unjustified.

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