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BCSO: ‘Shots were exchanged’ with deputies in South Valley

Deputies gathered at an Auto Zone in the South Valley during the search for a woman who escaped custody after a shooting near a Sonic restaurant. (Nicole Perez /Journal)
Deputies gathered at an Auto Zone in the South Valley during the search for a woman who escaped custody after a shooting near a Sonic restaurant. (Nicole Perez /Journal)
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Two suspects who fled after a deputy-involved shooting near Isleta and Saunders crashed the car they were in before taking off on foot. (Nicole Perez/Journal)

Two suspects who fled after a deputy-involved shooting near Isleta and Saunders crashed the car they were in before taking off on foot. (Nicole Perez/Journal)

At least one Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputy fired his or her weapon after the office was called to a disturbance at a Sonic near Isleta and Saunders in the South Valley around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

BCSO spokesman Aaron Williamson said shortly after deputies were called to the scene, “shots were exchanged” in the parking lot, though he said he it’s still unclear who fired at whom.

“At this point we do know shots were exchanged, we’re trying to determine exactly who was involved and how many shots were fired,” Williamson said.

A man and woman fled the scene in a sedan, crashed into a deputy and then crashed a block south on Isleta, before running away, Williamson said.

The man was arrested about four blocks west of the crash site in a residential area hiding in a ditch, and police were still searching for the woman late Tuesday night.

The man had a minor injury on his lower leg, and Williamson said he was believed to be armed.

He said he didn’t know if the woman was armed, and didn’t have a description of her.

SWAT, an emergency response team and a deputy helicopter had joined the hunt Tuesday night.

Williamson said deputies were searching a 10 to 15 square block area for the woman, and deputies could be seen holding rifles at some of the cross streets in the area.

None of the deputies was injured, Williamson said.

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