Police: Man pointed AR-15 rifle during fight

Steve Garrison
Audie Murphy

FARMINGTON — A 24-year-old Bloomfield man was accused last week of pointing a semiautomatic rifle at another man during a fight.

Audie Murphy was charged Dec. 30 in Aztec Magistrate Court with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and negligent use of a deadly weapon.

Murphy is being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 bond, according to court records.

His attorney, Adam Bell, could not be reached for comment.

Bloomfield police officers and deputies from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office were dispatched at 1 a.m. Dec. 29 to San Juan Regional Medical Center after receiving reports of a possible shooting at 908 Camino Road in Bloomfield, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Officers learned at the hospital that no one was shot, but a patient claimed Murphy pointed an AR-15 rifle at him at the home and struck him in the face with the gun, the affidavit states.

The man told detectives he was at the residence on Camino Road earlier in the evening to help his brother move out. He said while helping him move out, his brother got into a fistfight with Murphy, according to the affidavit.

The man said he broke up the fight and punched Murphy in the face, the affidavit states. He told detectives Murphy then went into the residence and retrieved the AR-15 rifle, which he pointed at the man's face.

The man said Murphy struck him in the face with the muzzle of the rifle, and he and his brother then fled the residence, according to the affidavit.

Officers went to the residence on Camino Road, and, after a brief standoff, convinced Murphy to exit the residence unarmed, the affidavit states.

Murphy initially refused to say anything about the fight, according to the affidavit, but later told a detective: "I was just trying to defend myself."

No court date has yet been set.

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