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Suspect shot by Sandoval deputies is 17-year-old boy

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The person shot and critically wounded by Sandoval County sheriff’s deputies Thursday night in Algodones is a 17-year-old boy, the Journal has learned.

State Police and the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office have not released any more information about the circumstances behind the shooting, and they haven’t released the names of the suspect or the deputy who shot him.

However, Sandoval County Sheriff Doug Wood said in a news conference that the suspect was holding a weapon and that deputies “engaged in dialogue” with him.

“At this point in time, our thoughts are prayers are with that young man as he continues in his fight to survive,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Neighbors reached Friday described the family as troubled and said they often heard arguments and coming from the house on Las Colonias Road in Algodones. One neighbor said she heard five or six gunshots in a short space of time Thursday.

The teen was transported to University of New Mexico Hospital in critical condition after a shooting involving a Sandoval County sheriff’s deputy late Thursday night in Algodones, according to New Mexico State Police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez.

No deputies were injured in the shooting, Gutierrez said.

Sandoval County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Keith Elder said dispatchers received a call after 9 p.m. reporting that shots had been fired in Algodones, a small community north of Bernalillo.

Deputies responded, and more shots were fired, Elder said.

New Mexico State Police, the agency investigating the shooting, said Friday morning that no deputies were injured but that the suspect was taken to University of Mexico Hospital in critical condition with gunshot wounds.

Crime scene tape blocked off N.M. 313 outside a home Thursday night, and the New Mexico State Police mobile crime lab was at the location.

Richard Spence, who lives across the street from that home, said he heard about 10 shots Thursday night. He called 911, heard more shots and went outside to see what was going on. He said he saw a man standing in front of the home across the street with his arm out, and heard someone repeatedly yelling, “Put the gun down.”

“The person did not flinch or drop or anything,” Spence said. “I heard two shots, and the person went down.”

Elder did not release any more information Thursday night but he said an update would likely come on Friday.

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