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San Juan County deputies shoot man armed with knife in Aztec

Abel Soto
Suspect Abel Soto is treated at hospital and jailed in Albuquerque

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday night announced that the Regional Officer Involved Shooting Task Force was investigating an officer-involved shooting in which a suspect was injured in Aztec.

According to a news release from Kristi Hughes, public information officer for the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting occurred Friday afternoon after detectives and deputies arrived at a residence in the area of 1234 NE Aztec Blvd. in Aztec to conduct a search warrant for a felon in possession of a firearm.

About 2 p.m., deputies attempted to call the suspect out of the residence.

After deputies spent an hour calling for the suspect to exit the residence, the suspect, identified as Abel Soto, 43, came out about 3 p.m., brandishing a knife.

Deputies reported that they shot the suspect with multiple rounds of bean bags, but he refused to drop the weapon, the Sheriff’s Office news release said. Two deputies then fired at least one round from their firearms, striking the suspect.

Soto was treated at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, then booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on two felony warrants, the Sheriff’s Office said. He had a felony warrant out of Colorado on the charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer.

No officers or other citizens were injured.

The two deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

The incident is being investigated by the Farmington Police Department. Anyone with information about the case was encouraged to call police at (505) 599-1068.

This article will be updated when additional information becomes available.