The police have identified the Hernandez man shot by police during an officer-involved shooting that happened on Saturday, February 20, in southeast Albuquerque. Forty-year-old Claude Trivino from Hernandez, New Mexico was armed with a weapon when the police found him near San Mateo and Copper around 3:30 p.m. The offers were trying to get him out of the street where he was dodging cars.
A witness shot the scene; the footage shows the suspect charging at the police and throwing things at the officers. At least one officer used a taser and fired shots at Trivino. According to the officials, a knife was recovered at the scene. One of the officers suffered a minor cut, even though the police haven’t confirmed how it happened.
According to online records, the Hernandez man shot by police had known mental health problems and was ordered an emergency mandatory psych evaluation in December. The Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office charged Trivino in January for evading, resisting, or obstructing an officer. He was pleaded not guilty; the online records show that he had a trial set for March for the said case.
Albuquerque Police Department informed that there is no evidence that Albuquerque officers knew Trivino’s identity when they responded to his attack on Saturday.
So far it’s not clear how many officers fired shots at the suspect. Albuquerque Police Department said that one officer is on standard administrative leave during the multi-agency task force investigation.
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