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Deputy shoots male

Sheriff Doug Wood.

Sheriff Doug Wood.

A Sandoval County Sheriff’s deputy shot a young man who had a high-powered rifle Thursday night in Algodones.

At a news conference Friday afternoon, Sheriff Doug Wood said he was notified of the shooting about 9:20 p.m. Deputies had gone to Los Colonias Road north of the NM 313 intersection after reports of a young man walking down the street yelling at people and firing shots.

Wood said deputies told the individual to put the rifle down, and one deputy shot him. The young man was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where he remained in critical condition Friday.

“Hopefully he’ll survive and get the help he needs,” Wood said.

No one else was hurt.


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Wood didn’t release the identities of the injured person or the deputy.

He said he didn’t know of any history the man had with the sheriff’s office or with possible mental illness.

The deputy, who is on paid leave, has been with the sheriff’s office for two years and hasn’t been involved in a shooting before, Wood said.

New Mexico State Police are investigating the incident, and Wood said he couldn’t release more information until the deputy was interviewed, which couldn’t happen until at least 40 hours after the shooting. Wood expected to provide more information Monday.