State Police: Man fatally shot by officer tried to grab gun

August 1, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Police says a wanted man fatally shot by an officer July 15 during a traffic stop in Albuquerque tried to grab the officer’s gun and after saying he wouldn’t go back to prison.

The State Police says Officer Kevin Smith fatally shot 23-year-old Jonathan Molina of Albuquerque after Molina resisted being handcuffed and tried to grab Smith’s gun.

According to the State Police, Molina was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants from the New Mexico Corrections Department for parole violation for charges of distribution of a controlled substance, escape from custody, and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer and from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office for probation violation for charges of obstructing police.

A multi-agency task force is investigating the shooting.

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