ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — At least two deputies were injured when a man opened fire from inside a residence during a search warrant execution Wednesday evening.
Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales told a group of reporters outside the Taylor Ranch home that the deputies suffered non-life threatening injuries.
“They are related to the gunfire, but at this point … we don’t know what type of injuries,” Gonzales said.
A spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office said the deputies were taken to a local hospital as a precaution.
Kenneth Sondergard, 36, was arrested after a SWAT team was deployed to the home, near Coors and Montaño.
“He started firing through the door in the direction of our deputies,” Gonzales said. “Several shots were fired by him; subsequently, our deputies returned fire.”
He said he did not think Sondergard was injured.
Gonzales also did not know how many deputies fired at the home or how many shots were fired.
Sondergard was the target of a search warrant “related to narcotics.” The warrant was not immediately available, and Gonzales said he did not know the specifics.
While deputies were executing the search warrant but before they were inside the home, Sondergard fired several shots through a door, he said. Several deputies returned fire, and a SWAT team was called.
When the gunfire ended, Gonzales said, Sondergard exited the residence and made contact with deputies before returning to the residence and barricading himself inside.
Gonzales said SWAT arrived on scene and negotiated with Sondergard.
“Sondergard came out and surrendered to our deputies without incident after that,” Gonzales said.
The sheriff said people in the community expressed their gratitude to deputies for keeping them safe in what Gonzales called a “dangerous time.”
He said that the area was not completely shut down but that officers would be escorting people to their homes if they lived inside the makeshift barricade of deputy vehicles and crime scene tape.