ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 22-year-old man shot and injured by a deputy in the East Mountains on Sunday had pointed a shotgun at his father, prompting the deputy to fire a single round at the gunman, Sheriff’s Manuel Gonzales said Friday.
Gonzales identified the injured man as Kendall Duran, who remained in an intensive care unit on Friday with a gunshot wound to his arm. The injury is not life-threatening, he said.
Deputy John McCauley, who fired the shot, has nearly 10 years of service in the sheriff’s office, Gonzales said. McCauley has no previous history of deputy-involved shootings, he said.
The shooting Sunday marked the fifth time deputies have fired their weapons on duty since July 4, resulting in two deaths and two injuries. No one was injured in the remaining incident.
Gonzales said at a news conference that the shootings prompted him to ask commanders to perform an “emergency staffing audit” intended to put more deputies on patrol in high-need areas by early September.
The “full-department audit” will examine staffing needs across the agency, including administration, criminal investigation division, and specialty units, he said.
“We constantly have to be evaluating where our resources are, because we only have so many people,” Gonzales said. The greatest need for deputies now “is in the field,” he said.
On Sunday, deputies were called at 3:30 p.m. to a home near the intersection of Roberts and Frost, just east of Sandia Park, where a caller said Duran was armed and fighting with his father.
McCauley, three other deputies and a sergeant were called to the scene because the call-out involved a violent incident with a firearm, agency spokeswoman Deputy Felicia Maggard said.
Shortly after deputies arrived at the scene, Duran pointed the shotgun at his father, Maggard said. McCauley fired a round at Duran to prevent injury to the father, she said.
Deputies displayed a list of encounters Duran has had with law enforcement since 2013, including two incidents this year involving threats to family members.
Court records show Duran was charged in 2015 with negligent use of a deadly weapon while intoxicated and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, but those charges were dismissed.
Gonzales said several of Duran’s encounters with officers involved “behavioral health issues,” and he urged family members to seek help for family members with substance abuse or mental health problems.
“As far as we know, there was no follow-up, there’s no supervision or treatment of this individual,” Gonzales said of Duran.