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2nd Albuquerque police shooting sparks probe calls

Published: Thursday, March 22 2012 2:00 p.m. MDT

File-In this May 21,2009 file photo Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz, speaks during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. The city had its 2rd officer-involved shooting in three days yesterday Wed. March 21,2012 and the department is facing heat from community activists and calls for a federal probe since the department had a number of shootings over the two years prior.  (Craig Fritz, Associated Press) File-In this May 21,2009 file photo Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz, speaks during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. The city had its 2rd officer-involved shooting in three days yesterday Wed. March 21,2012 and the department is facing heat from community activists and calls for a federal probe since the department had a number of shootings over the two years prior. (Craig Fritz, Associated Press)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A second suspect has been fatally shot by Albuquerque police in three days, sparking renewed calls by activists for a federal probe.

Authorities say an Albuquerque officer shot and killed a man Wednesday near Laguna Pueblo after a chase that began when the motorist shot at two women in Albuquerque.

On Monday, another Albuquerque officer fatally shot a 31-year-old man after he rammed his car into the police officer's vehicle.

Jewel Hall, president of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center Board, said the two shootings show that federal authorities still need to investigate the department.

There have been three Albuquerque officer-involved shootings in 2012. In the two years prior, the department had 20 officer-involved shootings and instituted a number of changes including new independent reviews of all officer-involved shootings.

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