As of Tuesday, no one had been charged in the incident.
William Wilson, 21, and Tyson Mclemee, 30, are rival gang members, according to the documents. Wilson told police Mclemee broke a car windshield with the cleaver, which he then brandished as he lunged at Wilson who allegedly shot him. The confrontation took place at 3:20 a.m. Monday outside McIemee's Flora Vista home, according to the sheriff's office.
Wilson has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine and aggravated burglary, which are second-degree felonies, in connection with Monday's incident.
Mclemee had surgery at San Juan Regional Medical Center on Monday. He was in fair condition at the hospital on Tuesday.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said police and prosecutors will review a series of police reports and witness statements before deciding whether charges will be filed.
"There may be a legal issue to determine who the initial aggressor was and who is criminally liable," he said.
The night of the shooting, Wilson was in the backseat of Brandon Roe's car and was worried about going to Mclemee's home because they were in rival gangs, according to court documents.
When they arrived, a woman in Roe's car went into Mclemee's house and said she would return.
She entered the home and Mclemee came out with the cleaver and was threatening Roe, trying to get him out of the car, according to court documents.
Mclemee turned his attention to Wilson and was walking around the car to the backseat when Wilson got out of the car, San Juan County Sheriff's Office Lt. Cory Tanner said.
Detectives believe Mclemee swung the cleaver at Wilson but missed and shattered the back window, Tanner said.
"Moments later shots ring out" and Mclemee was shot in the stomach, Tanner said.
Wilson, Roe and two women drove away from the home after the shooting. They fled when Bloomfield police tried to pull them over. Roe later crashed his car on U.S. 64 in Bloomfield.
Wilson allegedly ran to a Bloomfield home, broke into a garage and stole clothes and other items from a truck to disguise himself, according to court documents.
He was arrested at about 5 a.m.
Wilson was charged with trafficking because 1.7 ounces of methamphetamine was in Roe's vehicle and detectives said Wilson admitted the drugs were his, according to court documents. The other charges were for allegedly breaking into the home and stealing items after the shooting.
Each of the two second-degree felonies carry a sentence of up to nine years in prison if convicted.
Deputies found Mclemee sitting on his front door step begging for help minutes after he was shot.
They found numerous weapons and knifes, including the cleaver, inside his home after the shooting.
Mclemee has a 2003 conviction for aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. He was charged with the aggravated battery in 2008 and the charges were dismissed, according to a state court website.
He also has been the suspect in stabbings and assaults where victims and witnesses refused to cooperate with law enforcement, which is not uncommon when crimes are committed against gang members, police and prosecutors said.
"He has been reported to carry some sort of knife and generally it's a big one," O'Brien said.