Teen in critical condition after deputy-involved shooting

BERNALILLO (KRQE) – State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Thursday night in Algodones. Sheriff Doug Wood said a deputy fired shots at a young man who was armed with a high-powered rifle.

The sheriff said deputies were responding to a call on Los Colonias near 313 in Algodones regarding a man with a gun shortly after 9:00 p.m.

“The initial call was there was a man walking down the road firing shots,” Wood said. “That was the initial dispatch call, that there was a man walking down the road yelling at people and firing shots.”

Wood said deputies made contact with that young man and told him to drop the gun, and that it wasn’t long before a deputy fired shots at him. The young man was taken to UNM Hospital where he is still listed in critical condition with gunshot wound injuries.

No deputies or bystanders were injured.

Wood did not say how many times the deputy fired his gun, or how many times the young man was hit.

NMSP investigators were at the scene throughout the night. Friday morning they were going through the front yard of that young man’s home with a metal detector.

Neighbors said the man is 17 years old, and that he lived at the home with his parents. One woman who did not want to be identified said she was shocked by the incident.

“He was real excited about his senior year. He seems like a very nice boy. I just can’t believe it, I really cannot believe this all happened,” the neighbor told News 13.

Sheriff Wood said he did not believe the young man had any history with the department.

SCSO is waiting until the deputy who fired his gun has been interviewed by State Police before releasing his identity. Wood said the deputy has been with the department for about two years, and has never been involved in a shooting before.

Wood said they expect to release more information on Monday.

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