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Friday, September 26, 2008

[NM] They say Lt. Parkins accidently killed himself with wife and son there

...He was standing near his wife and one of his sons when the gun went off...

Their sons are 8 and 11 years old.

Shotgun Blast Kills APD Officer - 15-Year Veteran Is Accidentally Shot
Albuquerque Journal (NM)
T.J. Wilham
September 25, 2008
[Excerpts] ...[Albuquerque Police Lt. Todd] Parkins, 38, was killed Wednesday when his shotgun accidentally went off inside his Cedar Crest home. He was standing near his wife and one of his sons when the gun went off. Parkins was preparing to leave with a group of officers on a four-day camping trip to the Pecos Mountains when he was either getting the gun out of a safe or putting it back in when it fired a shot into his chest. The 15-year APD veteran was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital, where he died. He is survived by his wife and two sons, ages 11 and 8. Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department deputies, who are handling the investigation, said they do not know what caused the shotgun to go off, although Undersheriff Sal Baragiola said it appears to have been an accident... Fellow officers say Parkins was a prankster, smiled a lot, was an avid outdoorsman, loved horses and ended every e-mail with a random Bible verse... "This is something you just don't expect," said Police Chief Ray Schultz, who promoted Parkins in 2006. "The entire law enforcement community is mourning right now."

Police: Officer Killed In Accidental Shooting

September 24, 2008
[Excerpt] ...[Albuquerque Police Chief Ray] Schultz said services are planned for this Saturday at Hoffmantown Church at 10 a.m. Parkins' brother is a Bernalillo County deputy. His wife is a former APD officer. He has two children.

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