June 19, 2024

Albuquerque police I a well-known former attorney was fatally shot Monday at a home in the North Valley.

Gilbert Gallegos, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, said 45-year-old Colin Hunter died from his injuries on Tuesday.

Police responded after 5 am to a shooting in the 4600 block of Fifth NW, near Griegos. Gallegos said Hunter was shot by an “unknown offender” and the case is being investigated.

As an attorney, Hunter filed civil rights lawsuits, represented Cowboys for Trump and sued the City of Albuquerque over a controversial DWI vehicle seizure program.

Hunter also served as the vice chairman of the Bernalillo County GOP more than a decade ago.

In 2016, Hunter pleaded guilty to DWI after police found him driving drunk in a car littered with empty Tecate beer cans. Hunter kept representing people in a variety of lawsuits and civil cases until 2021.

In 2022 his law license was suspended after he failed to get it renewed, according to court records.

In an update Thursday, Gallegos also said the Feb. The 8 deaths of David Ramirez and Patrick Gallegos are now being investigated as justified homicides and had “been sent to the District Attorney’s Office for review.”

Officers found Ramirez dead after responding to reports of a body outside the Cinnamon Tree apartment complex on Central.

Then, hours later, the police found Gallegos dead inside a house near Menaul and Second after responding to reports of a body inside.

Gilbert Gallegos, the police spokesman, did not elaborate on why police believe the deaths of the two men were justified homicides.

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