BCSO won't say who fired gun in Blake's parking lot

Posted at: 11/26/2012 10:31 PM
Updated at: 11/27/2012 12:27 AM
By: Maria Guererro, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Investigators are trying to figure out who fired a gun Monday at a local Blake’s Lotaburger.

Was it a Bernalillo County sheriff’s detective or the people he was after?

The shot was fired in the parking lot of the fast food restaurant on 17th Street and Indian School NW at about 2:15 p.m.

The detective should know if he fired the shot but the sheriff’s office isn’t saying, citing the investigation in the preliminary stages.

“There is a possibility of a gunshot being fired. We cannot confirm nor deny that," said Sgt. Sam White, spokesperson for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.

Whether that shot came from an undercover narcotics detective with BCSO is still under investigation.

The sheriff’s office said detectives were in the area of 17th Street and Indian School NW when they saw a drug deal going down in the Blake’s parking lot.

"As [detectives] were trying to apprehend the suspects the suspects actively fled from them," said White.

But not before a gun went off in the parking lot, he said. No one was hit.

BCSO said a detective in a banged up white, unmarked car followed the suspects through the intersection of Edith and Montano where Michelle Bolin was just trying to get home.

"(I) came through the intersection, looked up saw the white car, I didn't know it was a cop car there were no sirens or anything,” said Bolin. “I didn't hear anything. (I) looked up, saw him, slammed on my brakes and next thing I know my car is totaled," Bolin said.

The suspects kept going. BCSO said they ditched their car and went into a house on Placitas and Edith.

Deputies, officers and K9 units swarmed the area as curious residents looked on.

"I just seen a few sheriffs’ cars and seen some guys come out with their hands up because they were commanding them to do so," said one man.

"Along with K9 units we were able to take both of those people, a male and a female, into custody," said White.

Though bumped and bruised, Bolin is thankful the impact wasn’t worse.

"I'm glad they caught 'em and I'm glad that I'm not injured and that's the most important part," Bolin said.

The sheriff’s office isn’t naming the detective or suspects because at this point, they’re just being questioned.

Investigators still need to go through the suspect’s car to see if there’s a gun inside, said White.

More information is expected to be released Tuesday.