Tragedy triggers recall on ACS services
Police say Hunter was suffering from a mental breakdown at the time of the shooting.
“That mental health crisis caused him to explode, if you will, which set off a chain of events that led to what happened,” an ODA representative explained at the meeting. from the neighborhood association last week, a day after the shooting.
The newest branch of the city’s public safety department, Albuquerque Community Safety, was also present at this meeting to provide resources to neighbors.
ACS leaders then shed some light on how Hunter’s “outburst” could have been avoided.
“A big part of neighborhood watches is making sure you’re looking out for each other,” said ACS director Mariela Ruiz-Angel. “There are ways to get involved without being too evasive in someone’s life and check in, and have eye contact.”
Leaders say it’s critical to catch signs early that your neighbors might be struggling.
“If you see something or hear something, the neighbor’s house always sounds like there’s a lot going on there,” Ruiz-Angel said. “Mental and behavioral health issues – they can show up in different ways. Sometimes we wait and we’re like ‘I don’t know if I should, this is really scary, what if he’s hurt? what if the police come out and something worse happens?’ Police, ACS and firefighters are all trained to really work with people who have this mental and behavioral health,” Ruiz-Angel said.
48 ACS responders now take approximately 1,000 calls per month. They respond in the same way as the APD or AFR would for any other emergency.
After a tragedy like the one in Glenwood Hills, city leaders hope to see a heightened sense of what your neighbors might be going through.
“Check them out – ‘Hey how are you? How are you?’ If you start to feel like you know something is wrong, that’s when it would be appropriate to call 311,” Ruiz-Angel said.