Suspect in custody following shootout with BCSO deputies

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were serving a search warrant around 5 p.m. Wednesday near Coors and Montano when gunfire erupted.

According to court documents, Kenneth Sondergard was wanted for trafficking meth from the home and opened fire on deputies when they announced themselves. Detectives said they were forced to jump over a neighbor’s wall to avoid being shot but two detectives were hit by shrapnel. They have since been treated for their injuries and released from the hospital.

Sondergard is now facing charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer and being a felon with a gun. Once inside the home, detectives found an AK-47, an AR-15, and two 30-round magazines coupled together.

Sondergard has a history of drug trafficking, child abuse, and great bodily harm by vehicle.

A criminal complaint states during an interview with authorities, Sondergard stated he believed he was a victim of home invasion and shot through the front door. BCSO says SWAT was eventually called out and the suspect surrendered without further incident.

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