NM cop says police saved his life by shooting knife-wielding homeless man

The K-9 officer confronted by a knife-wielding homeless man claims he would have been dead if not for shooting

By Russell Contreras
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A K-9 officer says two Albuquerque officers saved his life by shooting a knife-wielding homeless man during a tense standoff.

Scott Weimerskirch testified Monday that he was very close to an armed James Boyd, and Boyd refused officers commands to get on the ground. That's when Officer Dominique Perez and former Detective Keith Sandy shot the 38-year-old camper.

Weimerskirch made his comments during a preliminary hearing for Perez and Sandy, who are facing murder charges for Boyd's death.

A judge is listening to testimony this week and will decide if the officers should stand trial.

Defense attorney Sam Bregman questioned Weimerskirch while getting on a 4-foot platform to illustrate how Boyd on a higher evaluation was such a threat to officers.

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