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April 11, 2012
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Video: NM police pursue man before fatal shooting

Suspect reportedly tried to shoot his estranged wife, had a history of violence and suicide-by-cop attempts

By PoliceOne Staff

ALBUQUERQUE — Police video shows a vehicle chase followed by a foot pursuit of a man who was fatally shot by police two weeks ago.

Gary Atencio, who reportedly tried to shoot his estranged wife, drives a yellow Mustang that veers into the right lane, hits a semi and spins out of control.

When state police officers arrived at the scene, they thought Atencio was still in the vehicle, but he had fled, KOAT reported

More officers pursue the suspect along nearby railroad tracks.

When police encounter Atencio, he is pointing a gun at his own head. He ignores commands to drop the weapon, and one shot rings out. Police determined that SWAT officer Russ Carter shot and killed the suspect.

Atencio had threatened suicide by cop in the past and had a history of violence, police said. State police are investigating the shooting.


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