Hector Marquez: Andy Snider — 12-8-2013 (Police shooting)

  • Suspect: Hector Marquez, Albuquerque Police Department
  • Victim: Andy Snider
  • Date of incident: Dec. 8, 2013
  • Criminal status: Justified shooting/cleared of criminal charges by the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office in November 2016
  • Civil status: Lawsuit settled in 2016
  • Investigating Agency: Unknown
  • Prosecuting/charging agency: Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office
  • Incident Location: Central and University, Albuquerque
  • Judicial District: Second Judicial District
  • Prosecutor: Unknown
  • Police allegation: Andy Snider charged at Hector Marquez and another officer with a hammer in his hand
  • Lawsuit allegation: Hector Marquez shot Andy Snider in the back as he tried to run away from him
  • Cause of death: Shooting
  • Manner of death: Homicide
  • Federal district case: n/a
  • State district case: D-202-CV-201502673
  • Plaintiff attorney: Matthew Garcia
  • Personal Representative: Lisa Snider


On Dec. 8, 2013, Albuquerque Police Department Officer Hector Marquez fatally shot Andy Snider, 37. Snider was armed with a hammer when Marquez and officer Nathan Cadroy-Croteau chased him into an alley after a report of a man threatening people with a hammer at a 7-Eleven.

Cadroy-Croteau shot Snider once with a beanbag shotgun before Marquez fatally shot him. Cadroy-Croteau shot Marquez with the beanbag gun as he hif behind a car, at the direction of Marquez. After being shot twice, Snider got up and tried to flee with the hammer in his hand. Marquez opened fire, shooting Snider in the wrist, chest and back. The shot to the back was the fatal shot. Their statements to investigators were inconsistent with the lapel footage, attorney Matthew Garcia wrote in a lawsuit complaint.

The Albuquerque Journal reported that Snider “confronted” the two officers with a claw hammer before Marquez shot him.

On April 7, 2015, Lisa Snider filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Marquez and Cadroy-Croteau are both named in the wrongful death lawsuit. The case was dismissed on Oct. 21, 2016, following a settlement.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, unnamed prosecutors cleared Marquez and Cadroy-Croteau of charges in 2016.

See the case documents on Google Drive or Document Cloud.

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