Police

Embattled Albuquerque Police Chief to Retire

Department dealing with several officer-involved shootings and federal investigation

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After eight years that included a string of officer-involved shootings and an ongoing federal investigation, city leaders announced Friday that embattled Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz will step down later this year.

Schultz outlined his plan to retire sometime during the summer or fall in a letter sent Wednesday to the city's chief administrative officer. The letter was released Friday by the mayor's office and the police department.

The chief indicates that he had first proposed his retirement to city officials in January. He said he is now ready to go forward with the next chapter of his life and make more time for his family.