“Shooting in Roberts: Woman Shot Twice – Jose Gonzalez and Gerardo Mendoza Arrested”

By | August 10, 2023

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New details have emerged in a shooting incident in Roberts over the weekend. Jose Gonzalez has been charged with felony aggravated assault, while Gerardo Mendoza has been charged with felony unlawful possession of a firearm. Court documents reveal a confrontation between the two parties, resulting in a woman being shot twice. Both men have been arrested and face potential prison sentences if convicted. shooting-that-left-one-woman-shot-multiple-times/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>East Idaho News reported

A recent shooting incident in Roberts, Idaho has resulted in a woman being shot twice, according to court documents. Jose Gonzalez, aged 31, has been charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, while Gerardo Mendoza, aged 48, has been charged with felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The incident occurred near the Mustang Event Center on Sunday evening, prompting two detectives from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to respond. Witnesses informed the detectives that a woman had been shot in the hand and upper leg. The alleged shooter was identified as Gonzalez.

Mendoza provided his version of events to one of the detectives. He claimed that he and the woman were walking their dogs to the Teton Truck Shop when they were confronted by Gonzalez. Gonzalez accused them of owning dogs that had been attacking his cats. Mendoza stated that Gonzalez threatened to take care of his dogs and also mentioned dealing with a felon.

Later, Mendoza’s children informed him that Gonzalez had pointed a gun at them and accused them of driving on the wrong side of the road. Mendoza and the woman then decided to confront Gonzalez outside the Mustang Center. During the confrontation, Mendoza struck Gonzalez in the face, and in response, Gonzalez allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the woman.

Officers arrived at the scene and the injured woman was taken to an Idaho Falls hospital, where she received treatment and was subsequently released. Detectives also spoke to Mendoza’s children, who claimed to have seen their father with a gun during the confrontation. However, Mendoza denied possessing a firearm when questioned by the detective.

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Suspicion arose when detectives discovered a magazine containing multiple 9mm ammunition and a bullet hole inside. Although Mendoza repeatedly denied having a gun, he eventually admitted that the magazine belonged to him. As a convicted felon, Mendoza explained that he couldn’t legally possess a firearm, so he used the magazine and ammunition as an improvised weapon.

Gonzalez provided his own account of the incident, admitting to confronting Mendoza and the woman about the alleged dog attacks on his cars. He claimed that he later encountered Mendoza’s children driving on the wrong side of the road and reprimanded them. According to Gonzalez, one of the children confronted him, which led to the subsequent arrival of Mendoza and the woman.

Gonzalez stated that Mendoza exited the car and struck him before pointing a gun at him. In response, Gonzalez retrieved his own gun, resulting in a brief standoff. Gonzalez demanded that Mendoza drop his weapon and place it on the car hood. However, Gonzalez claimed that the woman then grabbed the gun and aimed it at him. Feeling threatened, Gonzalez fired several shots at her. Mendoza subsequently drove off with the woman, returning briefly to retrieve the gun before leaving once again.

During the investigation, the woman denied ever holding or pointing the gun, asserting that Gonzalez shot at her after she dropped her keys on the ground. Detectives obtained a search warrant for Mendoza’s residence, where they discovered a .22-style AR rifle, confirming Mendoza as the owner. They also found numerous 9mm rounds inside the house. Additionally, a resident at the property revealed that Mendoza had taken his gun from the closet and had not returned it.

Mendoza eventually appeared at the sheriff’s office and admitted to lying about possessing a gun. He confessed to pointing the gun at Gonzalez but denied firing any shots. According to Mendoza, neither he nor the woman touched the gun after placing it on the car hood. He accused Gonzalez of shooting the woman without reason and admitted to discarding the gun into the Snake River.

Both Mendoza and Gonzalez were arrested and booked into separate county jails. Mendoza’s bond was set at $10,000, and he is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on August 17. If convicted, he could face a maximum prison sentence of five years. Gonzalez’s bond was set at $20,000, and he is also due to appear for a preliminary hearing on the same date. If found guilty, he could potentially be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

It is important to note that the charges against Mendoza and Gonzalez do not imply their guilt. In the eyes of the law, they are innocent until proven otherwise..