Shane Timothy Gutierrez
Shane Timothy Gutierrez (Courtesy of San Juan County Adult Detention Center)

FARMINGTON — An attempted armed robbery in Bloomfield Sunday afternoon went awry when the suspect shot himself in the leg during a struggle with the intended victim.

Shane T. Gutierrez, 31, was arrested by New Mexico State Police Sunday and is currently facing five charges for his attempted armed robbery of a male who was giving Gutierrez a ride.

According to court documents, Gutierrez is facing possible charges that include armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault to commit a violent felony, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm by a felon.

New Mexico State Police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said the victim was giving Shane Gutierrez a ride to a friend's home when Shane advised the victim to stop then punched the victim in the face and pulled a pistol on him.

"(The) victim believes Mr. Gutierrez was trying to take his vehicle and possessions that were inside the vehicle," Lt. Gutierrez said in an email.

While Shane Gutierrez was struggling with the victim in the vehicle, the gun fired and hit Gutierrez's right leg, according to court documents.

Both the victim and Shane Gutierrez got out of the vehicle and Gutierrez left the scene of the incident.

Law enforcement was dispatched to CR 4909 around 4:30 p.m. Sunday after Shane Gutierrez advised the owner of the home he had been shot and needed an ambulance.

Shane Gutierrez was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries and is being held in the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $75,000 bond.

In an interview with a state police officer, Shane Gutierrez said it was the victim who shot him in the leg, stating the victim "was out of his mind on drugs."

Lt. Gutierrez said Shane Gutierrez had minor surgery on his right knee and fled the hospital after surgery. He was arrested shortly after by state police.

Shane Gutierrez will have his preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. on June 18 in Farmington Magistrate Court.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.