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APD identifies man shot by police, files charges against him

OIS News Release
November 15, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE – APD released the identity of the man who was shot by police on Tuesday after a foot pursuit in the area of 2800 Vail Ave., S.E.

Pablo Pacheco, 25, was armed with a handgun when police shot him during a foot pursuit Tuesday afternoon. Pacheco is still in critical condition at a local hospital. In addition to charges he faced for previous crimes, detectives are also charging him for Firearms or Destructive Devices; receipt transportation or deadly possession by a felon, and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

APD officers encountered Pacheco Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. after receiving reports of a man pointing a gun at residents at the Eagle Nest apartments, located at 2800 Vail Ave., S.E., near Girard Blvd. and Gibson Blvd. Shortly after officers arrived, they saw Pacheco rummaging through a black duffel bag and a blue and white backpack. He grabbed the bags and ran from officers, dropping the bags as he ran.

As he fled north and west from the apartments, officers saw Pacheco produce a black handgun from his pants pocket. With his right hand, he pivoted his torso to the left and pointed the handgun across his chest toward officers. One officer fired four rounds from his rifle, striking Pacheco.

No officers were injured during the shooting.

Over the next several months, APD will continue to investigate and analyze this incident. Detectives will continue interviewing any new witnesses that come forward and complete any forensic tests. After the investigation is complete, APD’s Force Review Board will forward the findings to the Superintendent of Police Reform to determine if this incident met the high standards of the Albuquerque Police Department. The Multi-Agency Task Force will forward its case to the District Attorney’s Office to make any determination of criminal charges.