BCSD names suspect in deputy-involved shooting, clears scene

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Joseph Jaramillo

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – More than 14 hours after a deadly shooting, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department has cleared the scene in a South Valley neighborhood.

It started before 4 a.m. on Wednesday when a deputy tried to pull over the driver of a stolen pickup. BCSD said the driver, identified as 31-year-old Joseph Jaramillo, sped off.

Another deputy on patrol spotted the truck near Bridge and Goff and tried again to pull the driver over. This time, Sheriff Manny Gonzales said, Jaramillo rammed a deputy’s vehicle with the truck he was driving.

Then, BCSD said three deputies fired shots, killing Jaramillo and hitting one of his two female passengers in the leg. The other woman only had minor cuts and scrapes. Both women were treated and released from the hospital.

Neighbors in the area said it was a chaotic scene.

“I peeked outside the curtain and saw somebody being handcuffed,” Kathleen Sheriff said.

“It was like boom, boom, boom,” Manuelita Sotelo said. “We came out, me and my daughters came out and her car has lights so we turned it on to see if we seen anybody.”

KRQE asked the Sheriff Gonzales if Jaramillo had a gun when deputies opened fire. “No, we don’t know that because our deputies haven’t been interviewed yet.”

They do believe Jaramillo threw out a gun about a block away from the shooting. BCSD also could not tell KRQE News 13 how many times deputies fired at Jaramillo, but video shows the truck was riddled with at least nine or ten gunshots.

Jaramillo has been in and out of jail over the past decade. He had a warrant out for his arrest for violating his conditions of release while he awaited trial on burglary, child abuse, battery and gun charges.

The three deputies that fired their weapons are on paid leave.

Sheriff Gonzales said he’ll release more details, including the names of those deputies, after they’re interviewed early next week.


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