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Deputy kills suspect after his car is rammed

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A Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy, trapped in his car after it was rammed by a man driving a pickup truck, shot and killed the man after he got out of his truck and approached the officer.

The shooting occurred just after 6 p.m. Monday in the area of Gun Club and Coors SW.

BCSO spokesman Sgt. Aaron Williamson, said the incident began in the parking lot of a gas station at Gun Club and Coors when a man in a red pickup truck tried to force a woman into his vehicle.

The woman ran from the man and got into a silver-colored car with another woman. It was not clear if the man knew either of the women, or even if the two women knew one another, Williamson said.

A driver of a red truck allegedly rammed the cruiser of BCSO deputy before the deputy shot and killed the man on Monday night. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

A driver of a red truck allegedly rammed the cruiser of BCSO deputy before the deputy shot and killed the man on Monday night. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Witnesses told deputies that the two women drove away from the man, heading north on Coors. The man followed in his pickup and repeatedly rammed the car.

“He disabled the car, basically totaled it,” Williamson said.

The women then fled from the car and the man in the pickup truck “tried to run them over,” he said.

“That’s when the deputy arrived and the suspect rammed the driver’s door of the deputy’s car. After ramming the vehicle a second time, the suspect got out of his pickup truck, at which point the deputy, trapped in the vehicle, fired at least once and hit the suspect,” Williamson said.

The deputy was not seriously injured, he said.

As part of the investigation it will be determined if the deputy fired more than once and if the suspect had a weapon “other than the pickup truck,” Williamson said. Monday night it was not known where the suspect was hit.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office investigators examine the crime scene where a suspect was shot and killed by a deputy Monday near Gun Club and Coors

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office investigators examine the crime scene where a suspect was shot and killed by a deputy Monday near Gun Club and Coors. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

The suspect was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital and “was pronounced deceased at the hospital,” Williamson said. His name had not been released Monday night, nor had the names of the deputy or the two women.

Coors was closed in both directions from Gun Club north to Las Estancias, a distance of about a half mile, as deputies investigated the incident under a steady rainfall.

Among the 16 to 20 officers present were members of the Metro Shoot Team, which consists of investigators from BCSO, the Albuquerque Police Department and the New Mexico State Police, Williamson said.

Williamson said this was the first fatal shooting by a Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy this year, and he believes there might have been one in 2012 but could not recall the specifics.

Albuquerque Police Department officers have shot and killed 27 people since 2010, triggering a Department of Justice investigation that found a pattern of using unjustified levels of force.

State Police were involved in three fatal shootings in Santa Fe and Española in the past year, and one in Albuquerque. And a deputy U.S. marshal shot and killed a suspect in July.

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