Family friend: Deputy shot armed 17-year-old boy

Updated: 08/08/2014 12:43 PM | Created: 08/07/2014 9:36 PM
By: Kristen Garcia and Elizabeth Reed,

ALGODONES, N.M. -- Law enforcement sources say a Sandoval County sheriff's deputy shot an armed 17-year-old boy outside Algodones on Thursday night.

Sandoval County Sheriff Douglas Wood says someone called 911 around 9:30 p.m. reporting that the teen was walking down the street yelling at people and firing shots from a high powered rifle.

Deputies responded to Los Colonias on Highway 313, which is about six miles north of Bernalillo. State police said the deputies encountered him and engaged in a dialogue.

During the course of the interaction, state police confirmed a deputy fired shots at the armed subject.

The teen, whose identity has not been released, was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital in critical condition from gunshot injuries.

No deputies were injured in the incident.

A family friend who didn't want to be identified told KOB Eyewitness News 4 the teen was upset after losing his job. She said the family had just returned from a camping trip when the shooting happened. She said the rifle belonged to the teen because he uses it to hunt.

A witness at the scene said he called 911 after hearing the gunshots. He told KOB Eyewitness News 4 he went out into his yard and saw a person across the street with his arms out.

"Two shots rang out and that's pretty much everything I saw," Richard Spence said.

New Mexico State Police are now heading the investigation.

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