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APD releases details of officer-involved shooting at 4057 Montgomery Blvd NE

officer-involved shooting
January 12, 2024

ALBUQUERQUE – The Albuquerque Police Department released details of a Dec. 8, 2023, officer-involved shooting of an armed man during a foot pursuit.

4057 Montgomery Blvd NE

APD detectives identified Mark Carlson, 32, as a suspect in recent, armed robberies. He had a warrant for probation violation related to an armed robbery conviction. Detectives with APD’s Investigative Support Unit tracked Carlson, utilizing a tracking device on his vehicle, to an apartment located at 4057 Montgomery Blvd., N.E.

Carlson was in the apartment for about 20 minutes before detectives started giving commands for him to exit. A detective noticed children in a nearby playground and directed them to leave the area.

Shortly after that, detectives saw Carlson jump from a second-story window and flee on foot, through the playground and to the west side of the apartment complex.

Detectives pursued Carlson, who was armed with a handgun, through a parking lot. During the foot pursuit, detectives fired three less-lethal, 40mm rounds at Carlos to try stop him from running. However, he continued to run.

Carlson rounded a structure and headed north, still armed with a handgun. As officers rounded the same structure, Carlson turned his torso with the handgun pointed at officers. Multiple officers fired their weapons, striking Carlson.

Carlson was transported to a hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries.

The handgun Colson had in his possession was recovered at the scene.

No officers were injured during the shooting.

Over the next several months, the Multi-Agency Task Force will continue to investigate and analyze this incident. Detectives will interview any new witnesses that come forward and complete any forensic tests. After the investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office to make any determination of criminal charges.

APD’s Internal Affairs Force Division will also investigate the shooting to determine whether the department’s policies were followed. The results of the administrative investigation will be forwarded to the city’s Superintendent of Police Reform to make final decisions on discipline.

APD’s Force Review Board, made up of deputy chiefs, will also review the incident to identify trends and potential policy changes that may be needed in response to any shortcomings that are identified.

SUBJECT:     Mark Colson, 32

INVOLVED OFFICERS:     Detective Justin Jones, who has been with the department since 2007, has not been involved any previous shootings.

Detective Raymond Marquez, who has been with the department since 2012, has not been involved any previous shootings.

Detective Phillip Meier, who has been with the department since 2016, has not been involved any previous shootings.