Man tells police he thought all-terrain vehicle rider was an elk
TAOS — State police on Thursday were holding a 67-year-old man in
connection with the shooting death of a Taos man while each was in a
separate hunting party in the Carson National Forest near Embudo,
The Taos News reported.
Lt. Tim Johnson told the newspaper that Gilbert Sánchez was
arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter and negligent use of
a deadly weapon in the death of Clifford Sánchez, no relation.
Johnson said Clifford Sánchez was riding an all-terrain vehicle
through the forest Wednesday morning when Gilbert Sánchez spotted
him from a truck.
The police spokesman said Gilbert Sánchez loaded his rifle and
shot Clifford Sánchez in the back, thinking he was an elk.
"We don't yet know the distance of the shot," Johnson told the
The shooter was under investigation for possible intoxication,
Johnson told the reporter, and that the suspect had admitted to
being under the influence of prescription drugs.
Police radio scanner traffic concerning the incident began around
Wednesday when the shooting was reported.
About 28 minutes later, a police dispatcher was notified that the
alleged shooter was on his way to the Carson post office to help
authorities locate the scene as the victim was "gasping for air" and
couldn't be moved.
Ten minutes later, a CareFlight helicopter was dispatched to help
8:01 a.m. the shooting victim was reported to be deceased, The Taos
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