Suicidal Cop Retires

Suicidal Cop Retires

APD Sergeant Allegedly Threatened To Kill Wife

An Albuquerque police sergeant who threatened to kill himself during a domestic incident last summer, and whose wife claims he threatened to kill her, has retired from the Albuquerque Police Department.

Anthony Sedler, who joined APD in 1997, retired from the department on May 30, APD spokeswoman Celina Espinoza said.

Sedler’s problems began coming to light in August of 2016 when his wife, Amy Sedler, also an APD sergeant, called 911 to report that her husband had threatened to shoot himself.

And earlier this year, Amy Sedler alleged in a court document that her husband had threatened to kill her and burn their house down with her in it.

“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 a Jan. 12 motion for a protective order against her husband. “He [Anthony] has access to numerous weapons and is tactically trained.

“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.”

Amy Sedler’s 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.”

On Feb. 22, Amy Sedler filed to divorce Anthony Sedler, court records show.

It wasn’t the first time that Amy Sedler reported that Anthony Sedler, who has been involved in three fatal officer-involved shootings at APD, had threatened to kill himself. On Aug. 2, 2016, Amy Sedler called 911 to report that she thought her husband had shot himself.

It appears that APD didn’t do much in the way of disciplining Sedler.

As of March 21, no paperwork had been filed by APD with the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy to revoke Anthony Sedler’s law enforcement license. ABQ Free Press inquired Friday if any paperwork had been filed against Sedler’s license, but an NMLEA official couldn’t immediately answer that question.

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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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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