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APD releases details of recent officer-involved shooting

August 15, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE – The Albuquerque Police Department released details today of a recent officer-involved shooting that occurred on July 20, 2023, at an apartment complex located at 557 Tramway Blvd., N.E.

APD detectives were searching for Emmanuel Galaviz Campos in July as part of a homicide investigation. Campos had a felony arrest warrant out of Santa Fe for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and shooting at or from a motor vehicle.

Detectives conducted surveillance for several days, watching him enter two different apartment complexes. On July 20, detectives contact the SWAT unit to help apprehend Campos after he entered a unit at the Copper Ridge Apartments.

SWAT negotiators started public announcements for the occupants of the apartment to exit. Two females and one male exited the apartment. One of the females told officers her 2-year-old son, who was diagnosed with Autism, was still inside the apartment.

SWAT officers attempted to break windows to the apartment in an effort to locate the child. As they did so, Galaviz Campos fired a handgun, striking an officer in the right arm. The gunshot prompted SWAT officers from APD and the New Mexico State Police to return gunfire. During the exchange of gunfire, Galaviz Campos was struck several times. He was removed from the home so SWAT medics could attempt life-saving measures. However, Galaviz Campos died on scene as a result of his wounds.

Shortly after the shooting, SWAT officers entered the apartment and found the 2-year-old child in a bathtub on the other side of the apartment. An officer carried the boy to safety and he was reunited with his mother.

The officer who was injured was transported to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

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.

SUBJECT:     Emmanuel Galaviz Campos, 20

INVOLVED OFFICERS:     Officer Zachary Herbst, who has been with the department since 2014, has not been involved in any officer-involved shootings.

                                                New Mexico State Police officer