A suspect was taken into custody uninjured after a deputy shot at him in the South Valley early Tuesday morning, according to a spokeswoman for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Felicia Maggard said that around 4:50 a.m. deputies were called to an aggravated assault near Isleta and Nashville SW, south of Bridge. She said when they arrived they talked with the person who reported the assault and “cleared the call.” She did not have any information about the assault or say if anyone was injured.
She said a short time later, deputies saw a man nearby who matched the description of one of the suspects.
“Deputies attempted to make contact with the subject and a foot pursuit ensued at about 5:21 a.m.,” Maggard said in a news conference. “The deputy observed a firearm and at least one shot was fired.”
She said the suspect was not struck and continued to run away. She did not identify him by Tuesday evening.
Maggard said she does not think the suspect had fired at deputies, but a gun was found later at the scene. The deputy was not injured.
The BCSO SWAT team, K9 unit and air support searched the area and took the suspect into custody a short time later.
Maggard did not identify the deputy who opened fire, but said he is on paid administrative leave, as is standard at this time.
She said the multi-jurisdictional Metro Shoot Team is investigating the shooting.
It is the sixth time deputies have opened fire on a suspect this year. They have shot and killed two people, injured two more, and the other two were not hit.
Maggard said Armijo Elementary School, Ernie Pyle Middle School, Kit Carson Elementary School and PB&J Family Services were put on lockdown while deputies searched for the suspect, but that was lifted around 7:30 a.m.