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Gunshot blows off two finger tips

The brother of a man in custody on attempted murder charges was arrested for suspicion of battery with a deadly weapon Wednesday night.

Alejandro Vega-Aguilar, 23 – brother of Rigoberto Vega-Aguilar, who is being held in the Carson City Jail on charges stemming from an April 30 shooting- was arrested Wednesday night.

Carson City Chief Deputy Scott Burau said Jose Arturo Gomez and Vega-Aguilar had a minor struggle over a gun Vega-Aguilar had in his vehicle.



“The two were visiting a friend on Edmonds Drive when Vega-Aguilar and another man, Amos Aguilar, got into an argument,” Burau said. He said in an effort to quell the argument, Gomez took Vega-Aguilar out of the house to Vega-Aguilar’s car.

“Because Gomez was concerned about the argument, he attempted to remove a handgun from Vega-Aguilar’s vehicle to preclude any violence,” Burau said.




Police reports indicate both Vega-Aguilar and Gomez say Gomez had the weapon by the barrel and Vega-Aguilar grabbed the weapon by the grip.

“They say they pulled it back and forth between them and the weapon went off,” Burau said.

The blast blew the tips of two fingers off Gomez’s left hand. He was treated and released by the Carson-Tahoe Hospital. The bullet passed through the windshield of Vega-Aguilar’s car through the rear seat and out the trunk.

“Gomez said he tried to get the gun out of the car before Alejandro got it,” Burau said.

“What I find interesting is that resolutions that once were settled with words are now escalating to gun violence,” Burau said.

Vega-Aguilar was arrested without incident and is being held in the Carson City Jail on a $30,000 bail. He was also charged with misdemeanor discharging a firearm in public.

His brother, Rigoberto Vega-Aguilar, is awaiting a preliminary trial on charges he shot Gabriel “Bobby” Munoz April 30 on Airport Road.

A preliminary trial that was to begin Tuesday was delayed by a potential conflict of interest on the part of Vega-Aguilar’s defense attorney. He is being held on $100,000 bail.


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