An Albuquerque home invasion suspect was recently killed during a standoff with the Austin authorities. The individual was later identified as 23-year-old Christopher Eric Giles. Authorities were alerted to the presence of the home invader by someone hiding inside a closet.
Albuquerque Home Invasion Suspect Exchanged Fire with Officers
According to Troy Gay, the Austin Assistant Police Chief, the events that ended with Christopher Eric Giles being gunned down by the authorities began to unfold on the 26th of January, just after 3:30 a.m.
At approximately 3:40 a.m., a call originating from the 4500 block of Avenue G, a flight away from the 45th Street, alerted the authorities to the presence of a home invader. According to the 911 operator, the caller told him that someone was prowling around the house and that he had to take refuge inside a closet.
Three minutes later, the caller declared that the individual started to fire his handgun, although he’s not sure about who was his target. The authorities arrived at approximately 3:41 a.m. As the police officers approached the house, the Albuquerque home invasion suspect was running towards his getaway car.
The man started the car and attempted to race passed the two police officers. Gay said that the police officers ordered Giles to stop the vehicle, but the suspect did not comply. Giles began firing towards the officers who, in turn, exchanged fire.
The Albuquerque home invasion suspect was later declared dead at the scene by the paramedics. Following the incident, the two police officers on call who shot and killed Giles were placed on administrative leave.
No one was injured during the fire exchange. The homeowner was safely retrieved from the closet. Authorities are currently investigating Giles’ interest in the Austin house.
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