FARMINGTON —The man shot Wednesday in Flora Vista was released from the hospital the same day and then taken into police custody.
Ramon Holguin Jr., 34, was shot Wednesday afternoon outside a home on County Road 3452. According to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, Holguin was shot after he threatened another man with a wrench.
Holguin was arrested on outstanding warrants, and he also faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony.
Gerald Maes, 41, of Flora Vista, stopped by a home on County Road 3452 on Wednesday afternoon to visit his cousin, according to a press release from the sheriff's office. While at the house, his cousin's son, Holguin, became verbally aggressive toward Maes, claiming Maes had disrespected him in the past, according to the sheriff's office.
Holguin allegedly grabbed a 30-inch torque wrench and began hitting it against his hand, challenging Maes to fight.
Maes told Holguin he didn't want to fight and tried to calm him down, according to the press release. When Holguin continued to act aggressively, Maes left the house and fled down the road while Holguin pursued him with the wrench, police said.
Maes had gone roughly 100 feet down the road when he pulled a pistol from his waistband, turned and shot at Holguin, who was still pursuing him, according to the press release.
Holguin saw the handgun as Maes drew it and turned away, which is why he was shot in the back, according to the press release.
Police apprehended Maes half an hour later at a home on County Road 3560, where he surrendered without incident after being surrounded.
Sheriff's office deputies interviewed Maes and released him, according to the press release. He has not been charged with a crime.
Holguin was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. He was treated and released.
Holguin had several warrants for his arrest, family members said, and he was taken into police custody from the hospital.
A family member, who asked not to be identified, said Maes is not a violent person but added Holguin had a history of violence and has argued with Maes in the past.
The family member said Holguin "likes to provoke people."
Holguin was booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on Wednesday on misdemeanor warrants of domestic violence and failure to pay fines, as well as an out-of-state fugitive warrant from Colorado for violating parole.
He is being held on a $5,000 bond in connection to the assault charge.