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Albuquerque Officer Involved In Shooting May Be Fired

Nov 30, 2014

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An attorney for an Albuquerque police officer who fatally shot a 19-year-old Mary Hawkes and did not record the encounter says the officer will likely be fired.

The Albuquerque Journal reports a lawyer representing Officer Jeremy Dear, who has been on administrative leave, says police supervisors are recommending his termination.

Attorney Thomas Grover says their conclusion is because of an internal affairs investigation that looked into several issues, including a history of alleged lapel camera policy violations.

Authorities say Dear fatally shot Hawkes, who was suspected of stealing a truck, following an April 21 chase.

Police say Dear was responding to Hawkes pulling a weapon on him.

The shooting evoked outcry because of the lack of video from Dear's lapel camera.

A police spokesman declined to comment Friday on the internal investigation.