ALBUQUERQUE – Albuquerque police have identified a man shot and killed by officers after they say he charged at them with a weapon in the middle of a busy street.
Authorities said Sunday that 40-year-old Claude Trivino, of Hernandez, was the suspect fatally shot in a confrontation in northeast Albuquerque.
Officers responded Saturday to a man who was walking in traffic, forcing cars to drive around him.
Interim Police Chief Harold Medina said authorities tried using a stun gun on Trivino, who ignored commands to leave the street.
Video footage by a witness shows a man throwing an object at officers before he was shot.
Trivino later died at a hospital.
Police said one officer suffered a superficial laceration and was treated at the scene.
They said a knife was found in the area near the shooting.
Police say the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office had issued a bulletin about Trivino in December, warning that he was someone with a “troubled history” and was likely armed. However, Albuquerque police say there is no evidence that officers involved in the shooting knew that.
In a statement, Medina said the shooting is a reminder that there needs to be better services for those suffering mental health or addiction.