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Officer In Boyd Shooting Rejoins APD

Officer In Boyd Shooting Rejoins APD

Officer To Receive Over $143K In Back Wages

One of the Albuquerque police officers who was involved in the 2014 fatal shooting of homeless camper James Boyd is back on the police force.

Dominique Perez, who was fired after being indicted on a second-degree murder charge in connection with the Boyd shooting, rejoined the police department on May 30, said APD spokeswoman Celina Espinoza.

Perez and former APD officer Keith Sandy were tried for Boyd’s murder last year in Albuquerque. But the jury in the case deadlocked, with nine jurors favoring acquittal and three voting for conviction.

Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez said earlier this year that he would not retry Perez and Sandy, and the charges against them were dismissed.

Espinoza said that “Perez will not respond to calls with the unit or provide any type of patrol services for one year. He must also complete all of the Department’s new training related to our Settlement Agreement, along with State required training, and pass a psychological exam. The agreement also calls for him to receive $143,159.07 in back wages (which includes the City’s cost of benefits associated with the wages).”

During the trial, the special prosecutor in the case, Randi McGinn, thanked Perez for his military service. Afterward, she dismissed the charges against him.

Boyd was shot after a hours-long standoff in the Sandia foothills. Perez arrived on the scene just minutes before the shooting occurred.

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