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Domestic violence leads to shots fired

by Brian Orr

NAVAJO- John Pino of Navajo is under arrest after allegedly beating his wife and firing shots at his father-in-law’s house.

    On Wednesday, June 16, Pino is alleged to have beaten his wife, who fled their home to an undisclosed location.  The police were alerted, and an arrest warrant for Pino was issued.  On Sunday, June 20, Pino, who had gone underground, returned to their home and waited for his wife to return. After several hours, he decided to go see if she was at her father’s home, also in Navajo.

    The father-in-law was not home, but the wife’s brother and sister-in-law were.  Pino is alleged to have shouted at the house that he would kill them, and then opened fire with an AR-15 rifle.  Estimates vary as to how many shots were actually fired.  The occupants called 911, and Pino was arrested by Sheriff’s Officer Joe Albano, Colorado State Patrolman Mock and Walsenburg Police Officer John Salazar before he reached US Highway 160.

    Pino will be charged with attempted first degree murder, felony menacing, firearms violations, as well as assault and battery for the domestic violence warrant.  Bail has been set at $170,000 cash.