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Hunting guides charged in Candelaria shooting

February 15th, 2017 under Home Story Highlight » Top Stories » Uncategorized
(Presidio County Sheriff's Department photo) The Circle Dug Ranch

(Presidio County Sheriff’s Department photo)
The Circle Dug Ranch

By The International/Sentinel staff

PRESIDIO COUNTY – A Presidio County grand jury has indicted two men involved in the recent shooting incident at the Circle Dug Ranch near Candelaria.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Michael Bryant and Walker Daugherty. The two men are hunting guides from New Mexico and were part of a group staying at the south Presidio County ranch in early January.

On January 6, Bryant and Daugherty were involved in a shooting incident that left Daugherty and another man injured with severe gunshot wounds. Rumors circulated afterward that clandestine border crossers from Mexico ambushed the group in an attempt to steal an RV or kidnap members of the hunting party.

Bryan and Daugherty are charged with using deadly conduct by discharging firearms in the direction of others, according to Presidio County Chief Deputy Sheriff Joel Nuñez.

The indictments were based on information provided by witnesses in their statements to law enforcement agents conducting the investigation, Nuñez said.

“Witness statements greatly supported the indictments,” said Nuñez, adding that Walker was not interviewed, as he was hospitalized.

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