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BCSO IDs man fatally shot by deputies in SW ABQ

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The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office identified the man fatally shot by deputies on Tuesday in the South Valley, but have refused to say whether he was armed at the time.

Colby Atkins (BCSO)

BCSO spokeswoman Jayme Fuller said in a news release Friday that 45-year-old Colby Atkins died after being shot by deputies following a pursuit.

“The deputy-involved shooting is currently under investigation by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes and Homicide detectives and the Multi-Agency (Task Force),” Fuller said. “Per Sheriff’s Office policy, the deputies involved in this incident will be interviewed and body-worn camera footage will be thoroughly reviewed before any additional details are available for public release.”

BCSO has not said whether Atkins was armed when he was shot nor what led deputies to shoot him.

When asked on Friday if Atkins was armed, BCSO spokeswoman Felicia Maggard said “we can’t confirm or provide any other details because we are still conducting interviews.”

“We don’t want to compromise any interviews or information,” she said.

Court records show Atkins was released from federal prison in 2020 after serving a 13-year sentence for bank robbery. Since then, according to court records, Atkins had been arrested at least three times on drug, stolen vehicle and burglary charges.

At the time of his death, Atkins had warrants issued for his arrest in two of those cases for failing to appear in court.

BCSO said the incident began around 1:20 p.m. when deputies were flagged down about a suspicious person in a vehicle at 201 Rio Bravo SW, near Second.

The agency said the driver – later identified as Atkins – rammed three deputy vehicles and fled, prompting a pursuit.

BCSO said Atkins crashed into two other drivers near Isleta and Camino Del Valle SW, and got out of the vehicle.

The agency said “an unknown confrontation ensued” between deputies and Atkins, and at least one deputy fired at him. Atkins was pronounced dead at the scene.

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