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Authorities: Man shoots at nephew over broken chimney

February 14, 2017 GMT

A Rio Rancho man is charged with allegedly firing a shotgun at his nephew after an argument over a broken chimney in Santa Cruz. He missed, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

Marcelino Vigil, 40, faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, and negligent use of a deadly weapon, a misdemeanor, in the Saturday incident.

A Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy says he arrived at a residence off N.M. 76 in response to a call of shots fired. Vigil’s nephew told the deputy he was helping his uncle install a chimney at a nearby residence but the chimney fell.

The two got into an argument, and Vigil “pulled out a shotgun and fired two shots at him,” according to the deputy. The nephew ran, and a spent shotgun shell and several empty beer cans and bottles were found near the scene of the alleged incident.

Police booked Vigil in the Santa Fe County jail, and Magistrate Donita Sena set a $10,000 secured bond for his release. Vigil remained jailed Monday evening.