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NMSP: Man found dead after exchanging fire with deputies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — State Police found a man dead inside a Bluewater, NM, home after they say he traded gunshots with Cibola County Sheriff’s deputies who were serving a warrant Thursday afternoon, according to New Mexico State Police.

NMSP spokesman Mark Soriano said no deputies were injured and it is unclear if the man killed himself or was shot by deputies.

He said deputies were approaching the home Thursday afternoon to serve a warrant when they heard a gunshot inside.

Soriano said deputies then “returned fire” and took cover outside the home until NMSP arrived.

He said another gunshot was heard from inside the home when NMSP negotiators and tactical teams arrived.

“Negotiators tried numerous times to make contact,” Soriano said. “Our tactical teams made entry into the residence and discovered a deceased male subject.”

He said NMSP is investigating the shooting and did not identify the man who died or give any other details.

The Cibola County Sheriff could not be reached for comment.


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