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UPDATED: Deputy Fatally Shoots Armed Man Near Tijeras

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Man had fired shots at deputies

A Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy fatally shot an armed man in the street outside his trailer in the East Mountains today (April 12) after the man fired several shots, authorities said.

Joshua Ortega, 24, who was previously from the Los Lunas area, was pronounced dead around 2 p.m. after the shootout that began about noon at the intersection of Bearcat and Mountain near Tijeras, Sheriff Manny Gonzales said.

Ortega had recently moved in to the trailer about six weeks ago.

Deputies received a call around 11:30 a.m. saying Ortega had been threatening suicide. However, Gonzales said, “this doesn’t look like suicide by cop to me.”

“This looks like a situation where (Ortega) presented a deadly threat to deputies, so they fired at him,” he said.

Several field deputies arrived at the scene, established a perimeter, and Ortega began firing shots with an assault rifle. Gonzales said deputies tried for nearly two hours to reason with Ortega.

The SWAT team arrived and was preparing to deploy when the situation escalated, Gonzales said. A deputy then fired several shots, which struck the front of Ortega’s body, killing him in the street.

The name of the deputy who shot Ortega was not released. He has been placed on standard administrative leave.

“The deputy is very shaken up,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales said there did not to appear to be previous calls of service to the trailer, but that a more intensive check would be done as part of the investigation.

Sheriff’s investigators were interviewing several witnesses following the incident.

“It is a large area to canvass and we don’t know how much ground (Ortega) covered before we got to the scene,” Gonzales said.

The sheriff’s department is asking anyone who might have encountered Ortega or has information regarding the incident to call the sheriff’s criminal investigations division at 468-7111.

 


 

A Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy fatally shot an armed man in the street outside his trailer in the East Mountains on Monday after the man fired several shots at deputies, authorities said.

Joshua Ortega, who was in his 20s, was pronounced dead around 2 p.m. after the shootout that began around noon at the intersection of Bearcat and Mountain near Tijeras, Sheriff Manny Gonzales said.

Deputies received a call around 11:30 a.m. saying Ortega had been threatening suicide, Gonzales said. However, the sheriff said, “this doesn’t look like suicide by cop to me.”

“This looks like a situation where (Ortega) presented a deadly threat to deputies, so they fired at him,” he said.

Several field deputies arrived at the scene first, Gonzales said. Shortly after they arrived and had established a perimeter, Ortega began firing shots with an assault rifle.

He said deputies tried for nearly two hours to reason with Ortega.

Eventually, the SWAT Team arrived and was preparing to deploy when the situation escalated, Gonzales said. That’s when a deputy fired an unknown number of shots and killed Ortega in the street.

Sheriff’s investigators were interviewing several witnesses Monday evening.

The name of the deputy who shot Ortega was not released.

 

 


 

Monday, 12 April 2010 15:28

 

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies shot a man in the street near his trailer off South 14 about an hour ago, Sheriff Manny Gonzales tells ABQJournal.com.

Deputies received a call at 11:23 a.m. saying Joshua Ortega, who was in his 20s, had been threatening suicide, Gonzales said. Field deputies arrived and established a perimeter, and Ortega fired an unknown number of shots at the deputies with an assault rifle.

“After several hours of trying to reason with him, he presented a deadly threat to deputies and he was shot in the intersection of Bearcat and Mountain,” the sheriff said.

Sheriff’s investigators are interviewing witnesses around the scene now.

Check back with ABQJournal.com and pick up a copy of tomorrow’s paper for more on this story.

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