Albuquerque, NM

Opinion: Does This Really Constitute a Suicide?

Daniella Cressman

Early this morning, a man with a firearm was shot and killed by police officers.

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"Albuquerque police say officers shot and killed a man early Sunday morning after he approached those officers and told them he had a gun and refused several orders to drop it." —Martin Salazar

They are calling this incident a suicide-by-cop, but is it really suicide if someone else kills you?

I don't think so.

“We know there’s been an increase of suicide across the nation and it’s unfortunate that that may again be the case here in Albuquerque... the incident happened as officers were finishing up a call for service at around 3:30 a.m. at Hotel Andaluz near Second and Copper...a vehicle with one person inside approached the officers. " —Martin Salazar

Chief Harold Medina provided details of the situation.

"A male subject from within the vehicle advised officers something to the effect that the individual had a firearm, a gun, and… the officers were going to have to shoot him...officers said they gave the male several commands to drop it. The subject apparently did not drop the gun and eventually shots were fired...The subject was transported to a local hospital and died of the gunshot wounds he received on scene.'" —Chief Harold Medina

Well, it's one thing for a man to ask you to shoot him, it's another to execute the action.

In my eyes, this seems like murder, not suicide.

Perhaps if the officers had acted in self-defense, I would almost understand, but there is no indication that that was the case.

"Medina said the officers are on standard leave and a multi-jurisdiction task force is investigating, which is standard in shootings involving officers. He asked that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call police to report what they saw. The chief also urged anyone who has a family member in crisis to reach out for help." —Martin Salazar

If you or a loved one is considering suicide, please reach out for help immediately: Every life is valuable.

“It’s important to note that if you have a loved one or a family member who is having a mental crisis or is in need of services or having thoughts to hurt themselves, that (if) you reach out to the city of Albuquerque, the community safety department, the police department, we can send resources out to help with individuals...This is not the first case this year of an individual using officers as a means to take their own life.” —Cheif Harold Medina

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