Police say man shot alleged sex offender

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By David Giuliani

A man is accused of shooting another man who is charged with raping a girl, state police said.

Both men live in Gonzales Ranch, which is west of Villanueva.

Around 8 p.m. April 3, state police responded to a shooting in Gonzales Ranch, in which the victim, a 21-year-old man, was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

The alleged shooter, an 18-year-old man, apparently shot the 21-year-old man, his brother, in retaliation for the 21-year-old’s allegedly raping a girl.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, the girl apparently had drunk some beer before the alleged rape. The 21-year-old then allegedly forced the girl to perform a sexual act. She then fell asleep.

After she woke up, the 21-year-old again forced her to perform the sexual act, state police said.

The girl later told her mother about what happened,and her mother notified state police.

The 21-year-old was charged with criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact of a minor, both felonies.

According to the complaint, the teen said he had been told that the older man had allegedly raped the girl.

The youth told officers that he then drove to the home where he thought the other man might be.

The 18-year-old then allegedly grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun and fired it once at the 21-year-old, police said. The shotgun pellets hit both of the 21-year-old’s legs, the complaint states.

The 18-year-old told state police that he saw the other man holding an object in his right hand. The 18-year-old said that’s when he fired a round, police said.

Officers seized the weapon from the 18-year-old’s pickup truck.

The teenager was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony.

The 21-year-old was charged with assault on a police officer earlier this year, but that case hasn’t been resolved.