Sheriff’s office: Cañoncito shooter accused victim of trespassing

December 18, 2016

A man was shot early Friday morning in the Cañoncito area, southeast of Santa Fe, by a property caretaker who told deputies the wounded man had been trespassing, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

Juan Ríos, a sheriff’s office spokesman, said the shooting victim was recovering Saturday at the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, and that no charges had been filed in the case.

Ríos declined to release the names of the shooter and the victim, pending the outcome of an investigation.

Around 3:45 a.m. Friday, Ríos said, the caretaker reported a suspicious truck on the property. Deputies arrived at the residence and talked to the caretaker and the driver of the truck, who said he had gotten lost and was trying to get off the property. The man then drove away, Ríos said.

But a little over an hour later, he said, at about 5 a.m., the caretaker called emergency dispatchers again, this time reporting that the truck had returned to the property and that he had shot the driver, whom he accused of trespassing.

Deputies interviewed the shooter but have yet to interview the truck driver.

“His injury is non-life threatening, but he’s been under sedation,” Ríos said.

Deputies took the firearm the caretaker used to shoot the man and other undisclosed items from the scene, he added.

Ríos said the case has been turned over to the District Attorney’s Office in Santa Fe for review.

Contact Uriel Garcia at 505-986-3062 or ugarcia@sfnewmexican.com. Follow him on Twitter @ujohnnyg.