Shooting suspect nabbed

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By Karl Moffatt
Las Vegas Optic

A 52-year-old Tecolote man is being held in the San Miguel County Detention Center on $40,000 cash only bond after he allegedly got drunk at a friend’s house and shot up the place after he was asked to leave.

Clarence Gutierrez, 52, of HC 31, Box 39 E. Las Vegas, was arrested by a San Miguel Sheriff’s Department deputy on numerous counts of aggravated assault, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, shooting at a dwelling or occupied building, abuse of a child, tampering with evidence and negligent use of a firearm, according to San Miguel County Magistrate Court records.

The charges stem from an April 1 incident in Tecolote where authorities received reports of a man in a red Dodge pickup on a shooting spree in the village’s recreational area.

County deputies assisted by state police arrived to find the suspect involved, Gutierrez, hiding in his mother’s nearby home. He was taken into custody and charged with drunken driving.

The mother told investigating officers that she was at home that evening when her son ran into the house complaining that the cops were after him and he needed a place to hide.

The mother told officers that her son almost never visits her except when he is in trouble or needs something.

Further investigation revealed that Gutierrez had been drinking at a Hummingbird Avenue home in Tecolote that evening where he became drunk and had to be asked to leave, according to court records.

Gutierrez got into his truck to leave but not before firing several shots at the home and at several bystanders. He then came back a second time  and fired some more shots before he fled to his own house and then that of his mother’s.