Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

911 Story Called Fake.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

Police Chief Suspects Fireman Tried Suicide

An off-duty Bernalillo County firefighter shot and killed by Albuquerque police late Thursday apparently wanted officers to end his life and may have tried to do it himself before he was shot, Police Chief Jerry Galvin said Friday.

Daryl Lithgow, 34, was apparently despondent because city police within the last week had launched a child abuse investigation in which he was the suspect, Galvin said during a news conference.

He said police believe Lithgow called 911 and manufactured a story about how he had been in a dispute with someone else to get them to show up where he was the parking lot of the new Smith's supermarket on Wyoming NE. …

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