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Suspect killed in deputy-involved shooting

Kai Porter
July 04, 2017 06:14 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- At least one Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office deputy shot and killed an auto theft suspect after authorities say he pulled a gun on them early Tuesday morning.

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The suspect was shot and killed in the backyard of a home near Arenal and Unser. The two deputies involved are both on standard administrative leave. It's still unclear if both of them fired at the suspect.

Family members identify the suspect as Miguel Gonzales, a father of three. His in-laws live at the residence where he died, and they woke up to gunfire around 1 a.m. The suspect's father-in-law, Juan Rodriguez-Ramirez, said he heard the shots.

"I was sleeping here and I heard the shot and I woke up," he said.

It all started at a car wash nearby on Coors. Deputies say they spotted a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a stolen license plate.

Deputies say Gonzales drove off when they confronted him. Gonzales stopped and got out of the car in a neighborhood when deputies ran after him. Gonzales was shot after deputies say he pulled out a gun.

"At this time, I'd like to offer my condolences to the family of the suspect and offer my prayers to the deputy involved in this incident," Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III said.

After the shooting, Miguel Gonzales's family members gathered at the scene and watched as detectives worked the crime scene. The family now wants answers about exactly what happened in their backyard.

"They have Tasers," said the suspect's brother-in-law, who did not want to be identified. "Why didn't they taser the man and immobilize him before they had to kill him in cold blood?"

KOB asked the brother-in-law if Miguel Gonzales owned a gun.

"I don't know if he did or not," he said. "But that point is that man wasn't about that life. He wasn't the one to pull a gun and kill anybody. He carried it maybe for protection and to intimidate. But he was never one to actually use that."

It's unclear if the suspect has a criminal history.

Deputies say they found items in the Monte Carlo, leading them to believe the car was involved in other crimes. They say the car hadn't been reported stolen but it was displaying a stolen license plate.

They're asking anyone with information to call detectives at (505) 967-5615.

The sheriff gave a brief early morning statement at the scene:

KOB will update this story as it develops.

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