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Boyd Shooter Perez Fired

City and APD policies dictate that Perez should have been fired immediately after being charged.

Dominique Perez has been fired from the Albuquerque Police Department more than 15 months after he and another officer fatally shot James Boyd, an official for the Albuquerque Police Officers Association confirmed.

Perez had been on paid leave, but was let go on Monday, the union official said. In August, Perez and now-retired officer Keith Sandy were bound over for trail on second-degree murder charges in connection with the Boyd shooting.

Sandy retired from APD in November of 2014. According to New Mexico law, Sandy would not have been allowed a pension if he had filed for retirement after a conviction.

Boyd, a homeless camper squatting in the foothills, was fatally shot after a tense, four-hour-long stand-off with APD in March of 2014.

City and APD policies dictate that Perez should have been fired immediately after being charged, but the dismissal occurred two months after he was booked.

The trial for Perez and Sandy has been tentatively set for August 2016.

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