The man shot and killed Tuesday by Albuquerque Police during a car theft has been identified as 31-year-old Devin Morris.
Police pursued Morris after identifying the truck he was driving as stolen. He “pulled a firearm out of his pocket,” according to news reports, and was tased before police fatally shot him at the Court John Motel on Fourth and Menaul, according to multiple news reports.
Morris has a long rap sheet of drug possession, drug trafficking, and — yes — vehicle theft, though in recent years he seems to have somehow evaded conviction on anything but minor ordinance violations.
Morris’ criminal activity started young. After attending Albuquerque High School he moved to Colorado, where early records show a stint in jail as a teenager. He was booked by Moffat County in April 2009 “on suspicion of theft from a building, violating a restraining order and violating bail bond conditions,” according to Craig Daily Press.
In May 2009 we was arrested “on suspicion of two counts of bond revocation.” He was arrested as a transient in January 2011 on a warrant. Three months later, Morris was arrested in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, and extradited back to Craig, Colorado.
Morris’ record in Bernalillo County ramped up in 2017. In January he was charged with use or possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license (both dismissed). In July he was charged for “safety in public places — panhandling,” pleading no contest. And in September he was charged with embezzlement of a stolen vehicle and possession of narcotics (both dismissed).
In 2018 Morris was charged for violating the public nuisances ordinance, for which he failed to appear on multiple occasions, resulting in bench warrants for his arrest. He eventually pleaded no contest.
In 2019 he was charged with “Receiving or Transferring Stolen Motor Vehicle,” which was dismissed. Two weeks later he was charged with criminal trespassing — also dismissed.
In March 2020, Morris was charged again with criminal trespassing, which again was dismissed, and possession of a controlled substance, for which he failed to appear. In May, he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance, and trafficking controlled substances. No disposition is shown. And in October 2020 he was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia, all of which were…dismissed.
A memorial honoring Morris has also been dismissed.
“for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.”— Matthew, 26:52