In last Sunday’s fatal shooting, an officer fired multiple rounds from a beanbag gun at the suspect before another officer fatally shot him as he rushed at the officers with a 10-inch claw hammer, interim Albuquerque Police Chief Allen Banks said Friday.
Banks provided the first detailed account of the shooting at a news conference Friday afternoon.
He said that a 7-Eleven clerk at University and Central had called 911 around 9:30 p.m. after Andy Snider, 37, got into a fight with another person in the store. Banks said that after police found Snider, he ran into an alley. When Snider ignored officers’ commands, officer Nathan Cadroy shot him “multiple” times with a beanbag gun.
“Snider put his hands in his jacket and refused the commands of the officers,” Banks said. “Snider began to run toward officer Cadroy with the hammer raised above his head. Cadroy immediately began to back up, and shot several more beanbag rounds as Snider sprinted toward him.”
Banks said Officer Hector Marquez, who joined the department three years ago, shot Snider at least once in the torso. Snider was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The estate of Andy Snider, who was shot and killed by two Albuquerque Police Department officers December 8, 2013, is suing the two officers involved in the incident for what it calls his wrongful death, as well as the city of Albuquerque for allegedly failing to properly train its officers.
APD officers Hector Marquez and Nathan Cadroy-Croteau shot Snider, who was 37 when he died, after originally responding to a call about a man armed with a hammer that evening.
The lawsuit asks for financial relief for Snider’s estate for various reasons, including Snider’s “wrongful death,” medical care and funeral costs, Snider’s lost earnings and future earnings, and emotional compensation for his family and estate, among others.
It alleges claims of battery and state constitution violations against officers Cadroy-Croteau and Marquez, as well as negligence on the city’s part for failing “to properly train APD officers as to the proper use of deadly force.”