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APD: 1 dead, shooter cooperating, after domestic incident

Officers are investigating after they say a suspected burglar was shot by an apartment complex resident Friday morning. (Jim Thompson / Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police are investigating after they say man was shot during a “domestic incident” at an apartment complex in Albuquerque’s foothills early Friday morning.

Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, said the shooting was not random. He said detectives are interviewing the shooter at APD’s headquarters and he is cooperating with police.

Gallegos said around 5:19 a.m. Friday officers were called to the Sandia Vista apartment complex, on Tramway south of Lomas NE, for a shooting.

He said when the officers got there they found one man was dead. They took the shooter into custody for questioning.

Earlier police had said there had been a home invasion and the two men knew each other but Gallegos later walked that back. He said detectives are still conducting interviews to determine the relationships involved.

“They do not know at this point whether the shooter and the victim knew each other but there was a domestic incident that started things off,” Gallegos said.

He said he didn’t know if there were other people in the home when the shooting occurred, or if the shooting occurred inside or outside the apartment. Detectives are conducting interviews with key witnesses to learn more.

Gallegos did not know if the man who was killed had been armed.

“A lot of this stuff is preliminary and it’s still preliminary,” he said.”Hopefully in a couple hours we’ll know more.”

Officers could be seen taking photos and examining the crime scene in the back patio of a first floor apartment into the late morning.