Investigators collect evidence after a fatal officer-involved shooting at a Valero gas station in Northwest Albuquerque. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)


Police shot and killed a person after responding to a scene at a gas station Sunday night, Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said at a news conference early Monday morning.

Officers responded to a request for assistance at a gas station in the area of Coors and Quail Northwest at approximately 11:15 p.m. Sunday, Medina said.

A news release from Albuquerque police said the scene was located at Valero gas station, 2721 Coors NW.

When they arrived, they made contact with a male who was inside of a vehicle, Medina said. Officers thought the individual could be “intoxicated and passed out,” he said.

After officers had the person step out of the vehicle, Medina said, “the individual started to smoke, so they asked the individual to step away from the vehicle.”

“At a point in time, the individual did reenter the vehicle, some kind of confrontation occurred between the officer and the individual and multiple officers fired shots,” Medina said. “The individual did die as a result of gunshot wounds that he sustained on scene.”

Medina said a firearm and magazines that did not belong to officers were recovered at the scene.

Police have not identified the person killed