Albuquerque man accused of fatally shooting uncle unprovoked

New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man who claimed to shoot his uncle in self-defense is facing a murder charge.

Albuquerque police upgraded charges against 25-year-old Joshua Martinez after the victim succumbed to his injuries early Wednesday.

Authorities say Martinez called 911 Tuesday to report the shooting, saying 48-year-old Curtis Martinez tried to run him over with his car.

Responding officers found Curtis Martinez slumped in his car with a gunshot wound to the head.

He was immediately transported to a hospital.

Meanwhile, a handgun was seen in a holster worn by the suspect.

Joshua Martinez was handcuffed without incident.

Investigators say surveillance footage shows the suspect was never in danger.

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