APD Called Off Rio Rancho Cops with No Explanation
Subject of Call Has History of Officer-involved Shootings
Source: Cop is still alive
BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI
Officers from the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho police departments responded to a suicide call on Tuesday night. The call was made by the distraught wife of an APD sergeant who has been involved in three fatal officer-involved shootings since 2010.
Amy Sedler, herself an APD sergeant, called 911 to report that she thought her husband, APD Sgt. Anthony Sedler, had shot himself. A source has told ABQ Free Press that Sedler did not shoot himself. But the incident, which began at 8:28 p.m. on Tuesday, set off a frantic, 43-minute search for Sedler near the border of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho by officers from Rio Rancho, APD and possibly the Sandoval County Sheriff’s department.
The call ended at 9:12 p.m. when APD told the other police departments to cancel their searches for Sedler without giving those departments any more information about the case.
So far, APD has declined to comment. ABQ Free Press emailed APD spokeswoman Celina Espinoza on Wednesday asking for comment. The paper provided Espinoza details of the incident, but not Sedler’s name. Espinoza responded that she was unaware of the case. On Thursday, the paper emailed Espinoza and asked for APD’s computer aided dispatch (CAD) report on the incident. Espinoza responded that she did not have access to CAD reports and suggested that the newspaper file an inspection of public records request for the information.
At 10:21 a.m. Friday, the paper emailed Espinoza to ask if Sedler was still on duty, if he had been placed on administrative leave and if he was undergoing counseling. As of 12:36 p.m., Espinoza had not responded.
ABQ Free Press obtained a CAD report on the incident from the Rio Rancho Police Department, which gave the newspaper the CAD 24 minutes after the request for it was made Thursday afternoon.
The CAD said, “on the line with female, calling from … pineleaf, she is off duty apd sgt, thinks her husband shot himself, she heard the gunshot and heard gurgling, he is also a apd sgt, name is anthony sedler … xfered cp to apd, they are sending units to her house. cp [calling party] thinks he might be off southern in the mesa.”
At 8:33 p.m., the call was changed from “INFO to SUICIDE,” according to the CAD.
The incident ended at 9:12 p.m. when APD advised the other departments to stand down. “APD ADV TO CANCEL EVERYBODY AND WOULD NOT GIVE FURTHER,” the CAD said.
Sedler has been involved in three fatal shootings since June 20, 2010, when he was one of the officers who shot 43-year-old Chris Hinz outside of his Northeast Heights home. Hinz had been firing a rifle in his house, and APD’s SWAT team was called to the scene after Hinz’s neighbors called 911.
On March 5, 2013, Sedler was one of two officers who fatally shot 41-year-old Parrish Dennison as he was running from officers in the Uptown area. Police said Dennison and two others were trying to sell stolen instruments to an Uptown music store. Dennison ran off when police arrived, but police said he had a gun and pointed it at them before he was shot. Dennison’s family said he was shot five times.
Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said that shooting was justified and did not bring charges against Sedler or the other officer.
On July 22, 2014, Sedler was one of two SWAT officers who fatally shot 33-year-old Jeremy Robertson, who was wanted on felony warrants, as he was jumping a fence in an attempt to run from officers near Central and Eubank. Police said Robertson had a handgun in his waistband and officers feared he would shoot other officers or civilians. Robertson was shot four times.
Sedler joined APD in October 1997.
Dennis Domrzalski is an associate editor at ABQ Free Press. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org