BCSO: 1 person dead after shooting involving deputy in North Valley

BCSO: One person dead after shooting involving police in North Valley

One person has been killed after businesses in the North Valley sheltered in place Sunday due to a barricaded suspect.

*UPDATE: Police have identified the victim as Joseph Ramos.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – There are new details on a SWAT standoff in the North Valley that had been going on since early Sunday morning. 

Bernalillo County sheriff leaders say one of their own shot and killed the man who had been barricading himself inside a car for around 12 hours. 

BCSO says the man drove to the county fire station, telling officials he wanted to take his own life. He was also reportedly armed with a handgun. 

When deputies arrived, they say the suspect drove out of the fire station and drove recklessly until crashing along on 4th Street.

Businesses in Los Ranchos had to go on lockdown.

KOB 4 spoke with a witness Sunday night who said he was home when everything went down. He says crisis negotiators spent hours trying to settle things peacefully. 

“Quite frankly, negotiators were asking him to come out of the vehicle. ‘Are you okay, we want to help you, we want to help you,’” said the witness. “It was very surreal, very overwhelming – the whole situation.”

We do not know exactly why deputies opened fire. BCSO leaders say they will release the name of the man involved at a later time.