ALBUQUERQUE — Amid increased scrutiny over the use of force, Albuquerque police shot and killed a man who authorities said slashed a good Samaritan's throat late Thursday, police announced at a briefing.
Deputy Chief William Roseman told reporters that the knife-wielding man was attacking a woman when the good Samaritan stepped in to help late Thursday and was stabbed.
''Officers attempted to talk to the offender and tried to have him drop the knife,'' Roseman said. ''As officers tried to deescalate the situation, the male offender began to advance on the officers.''
Roseman said two officers shot and killed the man after he continued to move toward police.
The name of the suspect was not released. Officials also have not released the names of the officers who fired their weapons.
In addition, police did not say how many times the man was shot nor if lapel camera footage of the shooting was available.
Roseman said the good Samaritan is in critical condition, while the woman has been treated and released.
It is the third fatal shooting by the Albuquerque Police Department since the US Justice Department released a scathing review of the agency's use of force and the 40th police shooting since 2010. The report also faulted Albuquerque police for officers' interaction with suspects who have mental illness and how the police SWAT team resolved conflicts.
The city has entered negotiations with the Justice Department over reforms and it could take months before the two sides outline an agreement.