ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A shootout between Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputies and a man who had barricaded himself in a mobile home erupted Friday morning, ending in the death of the suspect, according to authorities.
Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales said during a news conference Friday afternoon that the man had been shot multiple times and at least five deputies are on standard administrative leave.
He said deputies were not injured.
It is the second time this week deputies have shot a suspect, and the sixth time in four months they have shot and killed or wounded someone.
Friday’s incident started about 7:30 a.m. when a man told police his son had pointed a gun at him in a mobile home at Village Park on 10200 Second NW, north of Alameda.
Gonzales said the father had left the park and reported the assault to Rio Rancho police. BCSO deputies were dispatched. When they arrived, they found another man outside the mobile home who was initially willing to talk to deputies.
But then he went inside the mobile home and ceased communication.
“That person went back in the home and barricaded himself and started placing items and objects along the window,” Gonzales said. “The deputies saw he had something in his hand but couldn’t make out what was in his hand. Subsequently that person started shooting rounds from the home and deputies returned fire.”
Deputies retreated and set up a perimeter and several families were evacuated from their nearby homes.
The BCSO SWAT team and the New Mexico State Police SWAT team were called in to try to negotiate with the suspect, but were met with silence. When they eventually entered the home, Gonzales said they found the man dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
Gonzales said he did not know how much time had passed between the shooting and when the SWAT teams entered the home.
He said although they have notified the man’s next of kin of his death, they are waiting for the Office of the Medical Investigator to confirm whether he is the suspect of the original assault call. He did not release his name.
Neighbors who lined up outside of the park gates waiting to return said the shooting was the second time this week deputies had been called to the home.
Village Park is a large, older mobile home park with each home having a small yard or driveway. A grassy area acts as a buffer between Second Street and the homes.
Martin Urrutia said he and his wife and three children have lived in Village Park for 15 years and it had been very peaceful. However, he said they had noticed deputies investigating the same family last Tuesday. He said he doesn’t know them well.
“It’s scary,” he said. “We have kids. We don’t want people with arms, with guns, acting like that around our kids.”
A multi-jurisdictional team is investigating the shooting.
On Sunday, Gonzales said Sgt. Jason Foster shot and critically injured Rodney Tenorio, 36, on Edith just north of Montaño in a chaotic scene that involved Tenorio hitting his girlfriend and then getting in and out of his car. Tenorio drove up and down the street striking or threatening to strike several people who were trying to intervene. He also jumped out and stabbed one man. He was threatening that man again when deputies arrived and Foster shot him, according to Gonzales. Tenorio was still in critical but stable condition Wednesday.
The previous shootings were:
- On July 4, Deputy Charles Coggins shot and killed Miguel Gonzales, 28, who was armed after police say he fled from a traffic stop in the South Valley.
- On July 25, Deputy Charles Coggins shot and injured 26-year-old Charles Chavez, an unarmed auto burglary suspect who had claimed to have a gun.
- On July 28, Deputy Pete Martinez shot and killed a man who reportedly broke into a home, kidnapped the homeowners and stole a car. Deputies say Raymond Cruz had rammed deputies with the car before he was shot.
- On Aug. 8, Deputy John McCauley shot and injured Kendall Duran, 22, in the East Mountains because police said he was pointing a gun at his father.
There is no lapel camera video of any of the shootings because the sheriff’s office does not have lapel cameras for its deputies. Audio of some of the shootings has been captured on belt tape recorders but Gonzales didn’t know if Friday’s shooting was recorded.