Investigation continues into Brookside shooting

Woman claims vehicle damaged in shooting

Steve Garrison
Brittany Dehart, a witness to a shooting in Brookside Park, talks about damage to her vehicle on Thursday at her home on Crouch Mesa.

FARMINGTON – Farmington police on Thursday continued to investigate a shooting earlier in the week at Brookside Park.

An 18-year-old woman claimed Wednesday that her vehicle was shot during the incident.

"I was in the middle of everything," Brittany Dehart said in an interview. "When Zaya pulled out the gun, I saw him point it at everyone and shoot."

Dehart clarified she was referring to Isaiah Trujillo, who is identified in court records as one of two men who fled the scene of the shooting. Trujillo has not been arrested in connection to the incident.

Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said Thursday that police are investigating Dehart's allegations. She said Trujillo has been questioned, but confirmed that he has not been arrested in connection to the shooting.

The Daily Times reached out to a Zaya Trujillo on Facebook, but he did not respond to a request for comment.

Marqus Garcia was arrested Monday on allegations he shot at Trujillo with a semi-automatic rifle in a drive-by shooting at the park.

No one was injured in Monday's shooting, according to police.

Garcia, 21, of Farmington, was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $40,000 cash-only bond, according to court records.

He was charged Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court with being a felon in possession of a firearm, shooting from a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Garcia has not retained legal representation, according to court records.

Police were dispatched at 7:39 p.m. Monday to the south side of Brookside Park at 1915 N. Dustin Ave. after receiving reports of a shooting, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Police learned from witnesses at the scene that two men were involved in a shootout but fled in separate vehicles before officers arrived, the affidavit states.

One of the suspect vehicles was located by police outside a residence on West 27th Street in Farmington. Officers found Garcia and four acquaintances, including Dehart, inside the residence, and they were detained.

An indentation is seen in the rear of Brittany Dehart's vehicle on Thursday outside her home on Crouch Mesa.

'I heard three shots'

Dehart confirmed in an interview Wednesday that she was at the park at the time of the shooting. She said she was there to engage in a fistfight with Trujillo's girlfriend, and she brought friends, including Garcia, for support.

She said Trujillo arrived at the park and started yelling at one of her friends. A man in the crowd then punched Trujillo in the face, according to Dehart. She said Trujillo then removed a shotgun from his vehicle and turned it on the crowd.

"That is when everything hit the fan," she said.

She said Trujillo fired the shotgun several times, but she was scared and could not remember what exactly happened. She said when the shooting stopped, she fled the scene in her vehicle.

Dehart said her vehicle was struck by gunfire, which she claimed came from Trujillo's shotgun. She pointed to a circular indentation Thursday afternoon in the trunk of her Toyota Corolla, which was parked outside her home on Crouch Mesa.

On the car's bumper, a sticker read: "Jesus loves you but I'm his favorite."

"I'm just glad I didn't get shot," she said.

Dehart said in the interview she could not remember if Garcia fired a gun at Trujillo, but she and others told detectives on Monday he was involved in the shooting, according to the affidavit.

'A long history of violent confrontations'

Detectives learned from witnesses that Garcia and Trujillo had "a long history of violent confrontations," according to the affidavit. Witnesses told police Garcia was in the front passenger seat of a Cadillac Escalade at the park armed with a semi-automatic rifle.

Witnesses further told police that when Trujillo retrieved the shotgun from his vehicle, the driver of the Cadillac Escalade fled the scene. Garcia allegedly fired a round from the rifle from the passenger seat as the vehicle fled the scene, according to the affidavit.

Witnesses said Trujillo may have fired the shotgun at the Escalade as it left the scene, but they were uncertain due to the chaos, the affidavit states.

Garcia is scheduled to appear at a preliminary examination hearing on Wednesday.

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