Attorney says shooter at Santa Fe Allsup's acted in self-defense
Nico Roesler | The New Mexican
Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012
My Comments: Debate this. This guy might be real lucky (the defensive shooter) the police are not charging him for something. Regardless, I think he needs to go back and get some serious refresher training, or a little more common sense. At least he successfully defended himself without killing the bystander.
Santa Fe police didn't charge local artist Mateo Romero in connection with last week's shooting outside a north-side convenience store-----------
Cron said the homeless man started yelling at Romero saying, "Do you get off talking ... to women, making them feel bad?"
Cron said his client tried to ignore the man as he made his way back to his car. The homeless man, who Santa Fe police Sgt. Andrea Dobyns said has not cooperated with the subsequent investigation, then threatened to rob Romero, according to Cron.
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The attorney said Romero reached into his car to get his gun. "He was hoping by just brandishing [the gun] it would get the man to leave him alone," Cron said.
Instead, the homeless man kept pressing the issue, Cron said. Police have said the man at one point slammed his hand on the car hood.
Cron described Romero's single gunshot into the ground as a warning shot and said a "fragment" of the bullet ricocheted up and hit a bystander using a nearby pay phone. (there are still places with pay phones?)
The 24-year-old bystander was later treated and released at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for an injury to his abdomen that wasn't life-threatening.
Cron said the man who was shot had become aggressive with Romero. "At that point, Mateo decided to leave," Cron said. "He went home and, after he had some time to collect his thoughts, he called police."
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