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Hunter held in shooting death

October 13, 2011

From SantaFeNewMexican.com

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 newspaper.

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 7:20 a.m.
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 and at
8:01 a.m. the shooting victim was reported to be deceased, The Taos News reported.

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