According to Albuquerque police, a prominent ex-lawyer was fatally shot on Monday at a residence located in the North Valley.
According to Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesperson for the Albuquerque Police Department, Colin Hunter, who was 45 years old, passed away on Tuesday due to his injuries.
At approximately 5 a.m., police were called to the 4600 block of Fifth NW, which is located near Griegos, in response to a shooting. According to Gallegos, Hunter was reportedly shot by an unidentified perpetrator and authorities are currently conducting an investigation into the matter.
Hunter, an attorney, has filed civil rights lawsuits, provided representation for Cowboys for Trump, and sued the City of Albuquerque over a contentious DWI vehicle seizure program.
More than a decade ago, Hunter held the position of vice chairman of the Bernalillo County GOP.
In 2016, Hunter was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) after being caught by the police driving under the influence of alcohol.
The car he was driving was found to be filled with empty Tecate beer cans. Hunter later pleaded guilty to the charges. Until 2021, Hunter continued to represent individuals in a range of lawsuits and civil cases.
According to the State Bar website, the law license of the individual in question was suspended at an unspecified time, although the specific reasons for the suspension remain unclear.
According to an update released on Thursday, it has been reported by Gallegos that the deaths of David Ramirez and Patrick Gallegos on February 8th are currently being investigated as justified homicides. The case has been forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for further review.
Ramirez was discovered deceased by officers who had been dispatched to investigate reports of a body located outside the Cinnamon Tree apartment complex on Central.
Hours later, Gallegos was discovered deceased inside a residence near Menaul and Second by law enforcement officials who had received reports of a body located within the premises.
The police spokesman, Gilbert Gallegos, refrained from providing further details on the reasoning behind the police’s belief that the deaths of the two men were justified homicides.
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