Troubled APD Sergeant Allegedly Stalking Estranged Wife
The wife of an Albuquerque police sergeant who threatened to kill himself is accusing him of threatening to shoot her and burn their house down with her in it.
The allegations by Amy Sedler, also an APD sergeant, were made in a Jan. 12 court document in which she sought a protective order against her husband, Sgt. Anthony J. Sedler, who apparently is still on the job.
Amy Sedler also told the court her husband told her he has watched her through a rangefinder while she was at work.
“He [Anthony] has access to numerous weapons and is tactically trained,” Amy Sedler told the court.
“Anthony has threatened to kill himself on numerous occasions. He has threatened to kill me and burn the house down if I filed for divorce,” Amy Sedler said in the protective order request.
Anthony Sedler was involved in three officer-involved shootings during his APD career, according to previous reporting by ABQ Free Press and other news media.
APD placed Anthony Sedler on administrative assignment on Aug. 4, 2016, according to APD documents. At the time, he was required to turn in all department-issued equipment, with the exception of his department identification. On Oct 21, 2016, Anthony Sedler was again ordered to turn over his all his department-issued property, including his badge, ID card, police vehicle any department-issued firearms.
APD did not respond to a request for why a second request was necessary.
The August administrative leave order followed an incident two days earlier in which Amy Sedler called 911 to report that she thought her husband had shot himself. During the 911 call, she told dispatchers her husband had stormed out of their Albuquerque home and threatened to kill himself after she confronted him about an alleged affair.
She told dispatchers that, during the cell phone call, which police determined was placed from the West Mesa, she heard a gunshot and then gurgling sounds, making her believe her husband had committed suicide. Two high-ranking APD officials, then-Northwest Area Commander John Sullivan and Major Tim Gonterman, responded that night.
Since then, the threats have escalated, Amy Sedler said in her petition.
“He has stated that he has used a rangefinder on the Northeast Substation and has watched me at work. He states he will shoot me and then himself while armed with a rifle. His behavior is escalating. I have video footage of the most recent event on 1/5/2017.”
Her petition also alleged that her husband’s behavior included, “Threats to kill (shoot) me if I left him. Threats to set the house on fire with me inside.” Other abuse she alleged included, “Harassment, mental, emotional, suicidal threats, homicidal threats.”
Threat to burn down house
Court records show that Amy Sedler filed to divorce Anthony Sedler, court records show. Two days later, a state District Court judge granted Amy Sedler’s request the domestic order. Amy Sedler’s attorneys did not return phone calls seeking comment.
A call to Anthony Sedler’s attorney in the divorce case, C. Joseph Wiseman, was not returned. Nor was a call to Celina Espinoza, a spokesperson for APD, seeking details of Anthony Sedler’s current status.
What is clear is that Anthony Sedler still works for APD and that the department hasn’t moved to revoke his law enforcement license. According to the city’s website, Anthony Sedler was still on the police force as of March 21 and making $66,560 a year.
An official with the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy said APD has filed no paperwork to revoke Anthony Sedler’s law enforcement license.
According to state law, a police officer’s license can be revoked for several reasons, including “committing acts which indicate a lack of good moral character, or which constitute dishonesty or fraud, and which adversely affects an officers’ ability to exercise the duties of a police officer [or] committing acts of violence or brutality which indicate that the officer has abused the authority granted to him or her as a commissioned police officer in the state of New Mexico.”
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