BBSNews 2015-01-14 — ALBUQUERQUE. On Tuesday a new police-involved shooting in Albuquerque focused more attention on a department plagued with a somewhat troubled high-profile. In a statement from Tanner Tixier the Public Information officer with the Albuquerque Police Department:
Tuesday, January 13, 2015, two officers with the Albuquerque Police Department were involved in an officer involved shooting. Their names will not be released until after their interviews are conducted.At approximately 4:45 p.m. officers were dispatched to 2000 block of San Mateo NE, in reference to two male subjects acting suspiciously. The caller found what appeared to be stolen items on the north side of a business. As the first officer arrived on scene, he observed two male subjects matching the description of the individuals from the call. The officer was able to take one of the two subjects into custody without incident and placed him into the back of his police vehicle. The second subject, who has been positively identified as John Edward Okeefe (12/1980), ran from the officer. A foot pursuit ensued and a short distance later, in the area of Quincy and Constitution, Okeefe fired an unknown number of rounds. The officer sought cover and did not return fire. Okeefe then continued fleeing and made his way East, eventually crossing San Mateo. With officers in pursuit, Okeefe fired again at officers. Officers returned fire. They secured the scene and rendered immediate emergency aid to the suspect. The bullet proof vest Okeefe was wearing was cut off in further efforts to render aid. The suspect was mortally wounded. Forensic examiners are still determining exactly how many rounds were fired by the offender at officers, and how many were returned by officers during the second encounter. Okeefe is a convicted felon who has a criminal history dating back to 2000 when he was arrested for narcotics charges and armed robbery in Missouri. He also has a criminal history in New Mexico. At the time of the shooting, Okeefe was armed with a Ruger Vaquero .45 long Colt and was wearing police issued body armor. Both the gun and bullet proof vest have been confirmed to be stolen from a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy. Photos of these items are attached.
The initial subject who was detained, was treated (for dizziness) and briefly questioned before being released. Charges are pending, determining the outcome of an ongoing investigation.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted with this investigation. The multi-jurisdictional investigative team is also still actively investigating this case. More information will be provided as it becomes available.