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Shooting Of Homeless Man By Albuquereque Police Prompts Calls For Investigation

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police oversight panel members are scheduled to hold a news conference Tuesday to demand an independent investigation into a fatal police shooting of a homeless man.

Authorities said 38-year-old James Boyd died after officers fired stun guns, bean bags and six live rounds. Police said Boyd had threatened to kill officers and held onto knives as an unarmed K-9 officer approached him.

A helmet camera video showed Boyd gathering his belongings then turning away right before officers fired.

Police Oversight Task Force member said they will call Tuesday for the review of Albuquerque police and the Second Judicial District Attorney's Office. Some members rarely speak out.

The shooting is being investigated by five outside agencies. Mayor Richard Berry announced Monday he has asked La Cruces police to join the investigation.

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