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Suspect arrested after gunfire, standoff at ABQ apartments

A New Mexico State Police officer in tactical gear approaches the Union 505 apartment complex during an active shooter situation off of Indian School and Locust, Sunday afternoon. (Anthony Jackson/ Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A suspect was arrested Sunday in connection with gunfire and a standoff at the Union 505 apartment complex, near Interstate 25 and Interstate 40, Albuquerque police said.

No injuries were reported, although the incident, which police described as an active shooter situation, stretched on for several hours and shut down much of the surrounding area, Gilbert Gallegos, Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, told a news conference Sunday afternoon.

The suspect surrendered peacefully Sunday afternoon, police said. He has not been identified by name, but police said he is a resident of the Union 505 apartments, 801 Locust NE, formerly known as Sun Village apartments.

Deputy Chief Harold Medina told reporters around 2:30 p.m., shortly after the man was taken into custody, that the suspect had come out of his apartment at one point and exchanged gunfire with police.

State Police and Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputies were also on scene. Medina didn’t specify which agency fired shots but said a multiagency team will investigate the shooting.

The man ran back into his apartment, and officers began negotiating with him again, Medina said. Two explosions could be heard in the complex around 1:50 p.m.

“Less-lethal options were used, and the subject peacefully surrendered,” Medina said.

Onlookers watch as police investigate an active shooter situation at the Union 505 apartments on Sunday, May 31. (Anthony Jackson/Albuquerque Journal)

Medina said that no one was hurt by gunfire but that some people may have been exposed to chemical munitions. He said at least four bystanders were shot at and could not say whether they were randomly targeted.

Gallegos said officers initially arrived at the apartment complex around 10:30 a.m. in response to calls reporting that shots had been fired.

As officers arrived, “There were reports of an individual who stepped out of his apartment building, fired at least one shot and returned to his apartment, where he continued to fire intermittent shots every little while from what appeared to be a high-powered rifle,” Gallegos said.

Police then shut down I-25 and portions of I-40 for about two hours. Several Union 505 residents were turned away from the complex as the situation unfolded and were told to wait in the Albuquerque High School parking lot.

Gallegos said the suspect is facing felony aggravated assault charges.

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