Charges Filed In Shooting Of Ruidoso Downs Woman

Ruidoso – After two months of investigation, charges have been filed in the shooting of a Ruidoso Downs woman.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Robert A. Gonzales is accused of aggravated battery with great bodily harm and tampering with evidence in connection with the Feb. 28 non-fatal shooting.

Authorities say a 31-year-old woman suffered a single gunshot wound. She was transported to Lincoln County Medical Center and then transferred to the trauma center at University Medical Center in El Paso for treatment.

During an interview shortly after the shooting, Gonzales reportedly told Ruidoso Downs police that the victim had accidentally shot herself.

But the Ruidoso News reports that investigators determine the wound and path of the bullet were not consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot.

It was unclear Saturday whether Gonzales has legal representation yet.

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