Investigation Details Remain A Mystery
The Albuquerque Police Department is apparently investigating something to do with now-retired Sgt. Anthony Sedler, whose wife has accused him of threatening to kill her, but they won’t say what it is.
APD revealed the investigation in response to a May 10 public records request by ABQ Free Press. The publication asked the department for all police reports and other records from the first of the year regarding Sedler and his wife, Amy Sedler, who is an APD sergeant.
On June 14, APD said that it couldn’t provide the information, citing a state law that exempted it from fulfilling the request.
“We have determined that the records you have requested are exempt from disclosure under IPRA, pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 14-2-1(A)(4) (law enforcement records that contain confidential information which if released could jeopardize the active and ongoing police investigation), and NMSA 1978, Section 14-2-1(A)(8) (otherwise provided by law),” APD’s Acting Records Custodian Valerie Barela said in an email. “Accordingly, at this time, we must deny and close out your request.”
ABQ Free Press emailed APD spokeswoman Celina Espinoza Thursday morning asking exactly what the department was investigating in regards to the Sedler case. As of noon, Espinoza had not responded.
In a court document filed earlier this year, Amy Sedler accused her husband of threatening to kill her and burn the couple’s 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.”
In August of 2016, Amy Sedler called the 911 emergency number to report that her husband had shot himself after she confronted him about an alleged affair he was having with a female APD officer.
She told dispatchers that, during a cellphone conversation with her husband, she heard a gunshot and then gurgling sounds, making her believe that Anthony Sedler had committed suicide.
Two high-ranking APD officials, then-Northwest Area Commander John Sullivan and Maj. Tim Gonterman, responded to Amy Sedler’s call that night.
Sedler, who has been involved in three fatal officer-involved shootings, retired from APD on May 30. He had joined the department in October 1997.
Earlier this year, Gonterman suffered no consequences in the case of the theft of a military-style semi-automatic rifle from his police SUV.
Gonterman retired from APD on June 9.