State Police Fired Albuquerque Officer in Shooting

Mar 21, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An officer in Sunday's fatal Albuquerque police shooting was hired by the department shortly after he was fired from New Mexico State Police in connection with a double-dipping scandal.

Detective Keith Sandy, a seven-year veteran with Albuquerque police, was fired by New Mexico State Police in 2007 following allegations a private contractor paid him for teaching classes while state police paid him to take classes.

Sandy never faced criminal charges in connection with the allegations.

Albuquerque police named Sandy and Dominique Perez as the officers linked to the fatal shooting of a man in the foothills on Sunday.

Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden says the man was shot after he threatened the officers' lives.

The shooting comes as Albuquerque police is under a U.S. Justice Department investigation over excessive force.