Russell Contreras, Associated Press
Demonstrators gather in front of Albuquerque police headquarters Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 to protest a police shooting that happened Tuesday that left a suspect dead. Albuquerque police shot and killed a suspect Tuesday they say was dressed in body armor and pulled a gun on them after a foot chase, an incident that follows a string of shootings that have prompted public protests, federal scrutiny and even charges from a local prosecutor.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque police have released the names of two officers who authorities say killed a body-armor wearing man in a shootout.

Police said Thursday that officers Michael Oates and Matthew Fisher shot and killed John Edward Okeefe following a foot chase that ended up in an exchange of gunfire.

According to police, the 34-year-old Okeefe was wearing stolen body armor late Tuesday when he fired a stolen handgun at officers. Police were responding to a call about two suspicious suspects.

Police later said the gun and bulletproof vest were stolen from a Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputy.

Authorities say Okeefe had previously been arrested for narcotics charges and armed robbery in Missouri.

It was the department's third shooting this year and the third time an officer has faced gunfire.