UPDATE: Four Bernalillo police officers have been suspended from policing, and placed on paid administrative leave due to this incident already according to local outlet KOB4.
The Bernalillo Police were not forthcoming with information surrounding the death of a man on Sunday evening outside of a Walmart while in police custody.
Not even his name has been released.
The incident began just after 6 p.m. when the unidentified man got into a car crash in a McDonald’s parking lot. The police were called when he ran into a nearby Walmart and allegedly began yelling at people inside. Local reporters’ video seen below shows the massive presence of police in the middle of the night at Walmart.
The New Mexico police department stated that he was uncooperative and the Bernalillo officers had to call for backup, but the suspect was eventually brought outside of the Walmart in handcuffs.
After he was taken outside, the department claims that he mysteriously “became suddenly unresponsive” and the officers attempted CPR, but to no avail.
Zero information has been provided by police as to what was occurring when he became unresponsive, or what may have caused it.
The suspect died at the scene.
Local station KCBD reported that the parking lot of the Walmart was crowded with yellow police tape as officers kept a reporter and the public away of the scene.
— Russell Contreras (@RussContreras) September 7, 2015
“This is a very critical, serious event,” Bernalillo Police Chief Tom Romero told local station KOAT. “We’ve been in contact with our district attorney, and want to know how all of this happened and what the man could have died from.”
Either Chief Romero is playing dumb, or the man just dropped dead coincidentally while handcuffed for absolutely no good reason.
Bernalillo police officers are reportedly not equipped with body cameras, but do wear audio recording devices, A Christophersen of Burque Media told PINAC.
The department has handed the investigation over to the Rio Rancho police to investigate.
JUST IN: very large police presence at Walmart in Bernalillo. Unknown what's happening. Chief to give details soon. pic.twitter.com/4pbcIKl4gE
— Matt Howerton (@MattKOAT) September 7, 2015
We will update this story as more information becomes available.