State police: Teen shot after pointing rifle at deputies

Posted at: 08/14/2014 9:57 AM
Updated at: 08/14/2014 12:56 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

ALGODONES, N.M. -- A Sandoval County deputy shot a teenager after the boy pointed his rifle at deputies in an Algodones neighborhood last week, according to New Mexico State Police.

Sgt. Damyan Brown confirmed the person shot in the incident was 17 years old. 

State police said the teenager was under the influence of alcohol when he took a high-powered rifle with a scope out into the streets on Aug. 7. Investigators said he also pointed the rifle at unarmed residents.

Deputies at the scene tried talking to the teen, but state police said he pointed his gun at them, leading a deputy to shoot him two times.

The teen is currently listed in stable condition at UNM Hospital.

Last week, a family friend told KOB the teen was upset after losing his job. She said the family had just returned from a camping trip when the shooting happened. She also said the rifle belonged to the teen because he uses it to hunt.