ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Deputies with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office showed up to an area near Louisiana and Alameda after neighbors heard gunshots and saw a man shooting Monday.
Deputies say a caller, who reported an individual in the northeast heights walking around and pointing a gun in a residential area, had redirected traffic near Louisiana advising people to stay clear of the area. Authorities say the initial call came in at 3:58 p.m. and deputies arrived on the scene at 4:07 p.m. It was then, deputies say they located the armed male at 4:14 p.m. and began telling the male to drop his firearm.
BCSO says the man then took a position of advantage by kneeling and lying down and fired multiple shots at deputies. Deputies say they then called for the Mobile Crisis Team Unit. BCSO states at 4:17 p.m. two deputies then returned fire, striking the armed male who then tried to fire back. Deputies state they approached the male and tried life-saving measures but was unsuccessful.
Deputies say BCSO, the Albuquerque Police Department and New Mexico State Police investigators arrived on the scene. BCSO reports the two deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave and it is unknown how many shots were fired by the armed male and by deputies at this time.
According to authorities, the location of the deputy-involved shooting caused a delay in establishing jurisdiction ownership. BCSO says the piece of land the shooting occurred on was once the old City of Albuquerque Sportsplex.
BCSO says Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III confirmed with the Pueblo of Sandia Governor, Stuart Paisano, that the Pueblo of Sandia privately owned the property and BCSO has the authority to enforce the law and investigate any crime committed on the land.
“Law enforcement officers must make split-second decisions to protect the lives of citizens and their own lives when faced with deadly force. While it is extremely unfortunate that a life was lost in this incident, it is completely unacceptable to recklessly discharge a firearm into a residential neighborhood placing the citizens and deputies’ life’s in immediate danger,” said Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III.
BCSO has not released the man’s identity. They say they will give a full report on the shooting at the a news conference next week. They also say the investigation is ongoing.