Deputy Involved Shootout Ends With Suspect Death
For the third time in a week, a law enforcement agency in Albuquerque was shot at in a suspect pursuit. This time it was Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies who were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle. When deputies arrived individuals fled from the area in a car. At some point during the chase the suspect rammed deputies vehicles and exchanged gun fire with them.
BCSO field service deputies and the SWAT team had a separate exchange of gun fire that lead to the suspect being killed. Over radio transmissions he was described as a Spanish male. A tense gun battle ensued between deputies and the suspect leading to the eventual suspects death.
SWAT vehicles surround what appears to be personal effects and a body of the individual killed by BCSO deputies and SWAT.
"Several of our deputies, did fire their weapons. As to how many, exactly? We don't know It appears that there's possibly four at this time. We don't know exactly. We'll know more as the, investigation, takes takes its course. We want to let people know that there's nobody left outstanding, even though there were several individuals at the initial scene," said Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales III.
In the last month, there have been five officer involved shootings. Three with the Albuquerque Police Department and two with BCSO deputies in the Albuquerque metro area.
Video from the scene with radio dispatches
"I mean, for me, my number one concern as the head of this agency, and I've had this discussion with other members, other chiefs, other sheriffs, other federal agencies that lead agencies is that your number one concern is always the safety of your people. And if you can't keep them safe, you can't keep the people safe," said BCSO Sheriff Gonzales III
The deputies involved in the incident will be put on administrative leave and an investigation into the shooting will be conducted. This is Albuquerque's 37th homicide for 2022.