New Mexico State Police involved in ABQ OIS

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Friday, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau (IB) was requested, and a Multi-Agency Task Force (MATF) was activated, to investigate an officer-involved shooting involving New Mexico State Police (NMSP).

IB investigators learned that at around 11:30 a.m., NMSP Crime Suppression Bureau agents were at the Pavilions Apartment Complex located at 11600 Academy Road Northeast to investigate a previous incident involving the Sandia Police Department (SPD) and Francisco Hernandez (35). Investigators learned that on March 6, 2024. SPD officers were involved in an altercation with Hernandez. SPD issued a warrant for Hernandez on the charges of aggravated battery on a police officer, aggravated fleeing a police officer, and tampering with evidence. SPD was able to obtain information on Hernandez’s location and that information was relayed to NMSP who were able to track Hernandez to the apartment complex.

NMSP officers located Hernandez at the apartment complex in a vehicle. Hernandez attempted to flee from officers in the vehicle, before crashing into a tree in the parking lot. He then fled on foot through the complex. At some point during the foot pursuit, Hernandez brandished a firearm in the direction of officers. At least two officers discharged their duty weapons, striking Hernandez. Hernandez was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

No officers were injured during the incident. The identity of the New Mexico State Police officers will not be released until interviews are completed. The officers have been placed on standard administrative leave.

This case is being investigated by the MATF. For the altercation between SPD and Hernandez, please reach out to SPD.

MATF is working to independently determine the series of events leading to the shooting, including collecting evidence and conducting interviews. Throughout the process, investigative findings will be shared with the district attorney for review.