Man accused in Bloomfield shootout

Steve Garrison
Nathan Miramontes

AZTEC — A 24-year-old Bloomfield man has been accused of causing a shootout near an apartment complex on Ruth Lane, located less than a quarter of a mile from the Bloomfield Police Department headquarters. No one was injured in the shooting.

Nathan Miramontes was charged Dec. 7 in Aztec Magistrate Court with assault with intent to commit a violent felony, shooting at or from a motor vehicle and petty misdemeanor vandalism.

He was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center after posting a $16,000 bond, according to court records.

His attorney, Sarah Weaver, declined to comment.

Bloomfield police officers were dispatched at 11 a.m. Dec. 6 to the Hidden Valley Village Apartments at 717 Ruth Lane in Bloomfield after receiving reports of a shooting, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Police located Miramontes at the scene and transported him to the Bloomfield Police Department for questioning, the affidavit states.

Miramontes told detectives he was at the apartment complex to visit his ex-girlfriend, but "snapped" after he spotted her sitting in a pickup truck with another man.

Miramontes said he went to his ex-girlfriend's car, parked nearby and slashed all four of her tires with a knife. He then went to his vehicle and retrieved a shotgun, according to the affidavit.

Miramontes admitted he fired a round at the pickup truck occupied by his ex-girlfriend and the man, the affidavit states.

The man in the truck returned fire with a pistol, and Miramontes fired the shotgun once more before fleeing the scene, according to the affidavit.

Bloomfield police detectives recovered the shotgun used in the shooting from Miramontes' home on North Third Street.

Miramontes' ex-girlfriend provided detectives a similar account of the incident.

The man in the truck was not located by police, the affidavit states.

Bloomfield police Chief Randy Foster said detectives recovered bullets at the scene lodged in nearby vehicles and the exterior of the apartment complex.

Miramontes said he and the ex-girlfriend had two children together, and he had been attempting to mend their relationship, according to the affidavit.

Miramontes is expected to appear at a preliminary examination hearing on Jan. 7.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.