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Albuquerque police detective involved in fatal shooting of mentally ill homeless man to retire

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — An Albuquerque police detective involved in the fatal shooting of a mentally ill homeless man in March has submitted his retirement notice.

Keith Sandy has been on paid leave since the shooting.

In a previous interview with The Associated Press, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden said Sandy violated department policy when he used profanity to describe James Boyd before Sandy and another officer killed the 38-year-old man.

Sandy's comments were captured by a New Mexico State Police dashboard camera around two hours before the shooting at Boyd's Sandia foothills campsite.

Boyd's family has filed a lawsuit against the city in connection to the shooting.

Nine Albuquerque police officers have been involved in six officer-involved shootings in 2014.

All officers other than Sandy have returned to administrative or full duty.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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