Sonic shooting now considered deputy-involved

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Deputies say they’ve found both suspects involved in a shooting Tuesday night at a Sonic in the South Valley.

Investigators believe that it was the deputy who opened fire.

Deputies were responding to a disturbance Tuesday night at Sonic around 9 p.m.

This all happened at the restaurant on Isleta near Blake and is now being investigated as a deputy-involved shooting, since a deputy did fire his or her weapon.

“It does appear that deputies were involved, again the number of deputies the number of shots fired and the exact exchange we don’t know at this point. That’s what we’re looking into,” said Sgt. Aaron Williamson. “Weapons were discharged, yes and as soon as we have more information we’ll provide that too you.”

After the shots were exchanged, a car sped off and crashed into a deputy’s car and rolled onto its side just south of the Sonic.

Deputies say a man and woman got out and took off on foot. The man was found in a neighborhood hiding in a ditch bank. He was arrested and treated for a minor injury to his leg.

It’s unclear if that injury was from the crash or if he was hit by gunfire.

Deputies later found the woman. At this point, it’s unclear if she was arrested or is just being questioned.

Deputies are asking anyone who may have been around the Sonic at the time of the shooting to contact the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.

No deputies were injured.

Sheriff’s officials have not yet released the names of the suspects. They will hold a briefing Wednesday afternoon and release more information.

As for the deputy who fired the gun, it’s not yet clear if that person put on the standard three-day leave.

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