NM officer interviewed 2 days after shooting suspect

Deputy Chief Robert Huntsman said there were several reasons for the delay in interviewing the officer who killed 19-year-old Mary Hawkes on Monday


Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque police official says investigators waited more than 48 hours before they interviewed the officer involved in the troubled department's latest shooting.

Deputy Chief Robert Huntsman tells KOB-TV there were several reasons for the delay in interviewing the officer who killed 19-year-old Mary Hawkes on Monday. Huntsman says the case investigator had to testify in a murder trial the next day, there was a homicide on Tuesday, and the department likes to give officers time to de-stress after a shooting.

Professor Maria Haberfeld of the John J. College of Criminal Justice in New York says it used to be standard practice to interview officers immediately after a shooting, but more departments are now waiting to give officers time to recover.

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