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Police identify man who killed himself with homemade bomb

Police have identified a man they say killed himself with a homemade bomb behind an Albuquerque shopping center.

Albuquerque police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said Tuesday that 32-year-old Gregory Shewmake set off the explosive last week next to a dumpster in the loading area behind the center.

Gallegos says police believe Shewmake’s death was a suicide.

No one else was injured in the explosion.

Shewmake’s wife declined an interview and other family members could not be reached.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Sandoval County, Shewmake’s wife told police he was addicted to heroin, was using when he was supposed to be caring for their child and was possibly hanging out at a “drug house” in Albuquerque.

Police are investigating the incident.

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