Man shot, killed by Albuquerque police had BB gun

New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police video shows a 57-year-old man who was shot and killed by officers in August lying on the ground at a bus stop as officers initially approached him.

In video released Friday, officers ordered Roger Shafer to lie on his stomach and keep his hands from his waistband where he appeared to have a handgun. Instead, he lifted himself onto a bench to take a seat and placed his hand on his waist.

Police say one officer initially shot a rubber bullet at Shafer, then three officers fired their weapons at him. Shafer’s weapon turned out to be a BB gun. He died at the scene.

Police say officers went to the bus stop in response to reports that a man was pointing a gun at passing vehicles.

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