Police Officer Michael R. King

Police Officer Michael R. King

Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Thursday, August 18, 2005

Michael R. King

Police Officer Michael King and Police Officer Richard Smith were shot and killed while attempting to take a man into custody for a mental health evaluation.

The officers located the man at an address near the intersection of Ash Street SE and Gold Avenue SE. They were fired upon immediately upon arriving at the scene. Officer King was killed instantly, Officer Smith was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect fled the scene on a motorcycle but was located approximately two hours later. He was injured when the motorcycle crashed as officers attempted to stop him. The suspect was charged with murdering Officer King and Officer Smith. He was also charged with two murders that had been committed earlier in the evening at a local motorcycle store at a fifth murder of a New Mexico Department of Transportation worker that had occurred that morning.

The suspect who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia was later found incompetent to stand trial. He was sentenced to 179 years in a state mental institution. If he is ever found competent, preparations for a trial will begin.

Officer King had served with the Albuquerque Police Department for 22 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 625

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with five counts of murder

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Hi Mike, You were one of my Training Officers way back in '87, I do remember the hole time we spent together, you taught me many things that I carried with me even until this day. You were a great Police Officer, friend and mentor. I do still miss you, Rest in Peace my friend.

Keith D. Miller - Deputy Warden

February 23, 2018

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