ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Prosecutors say two Albuquerque police officers will face murder charges in the March killing of a homeless camper, a shooting that generated sometimes violent protests around the city and sparked a federal investigation.
Second District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced Monday that SWAT team member Dominique Perez and former Detective Keith Sandy will each face a single count of open murder in the death of 38-year-old James Boyd. It allows prosecutors to pursue either first-degree or second-degree murder charges.
Police say Perez and Sandy fatally shot Boyd, who was holding a knife, during an hourslong standoff. Helmet video appeared to show Boyd surrendering when officers opened fire.
The officers’ lawyers say they look forward clearing their clients.
Albuquerque police recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to overhaul the force.