SILVER CITY -- Two brothers are in custody after one of them allegedly shot a man with a sawed off shotgun following a dispute at a drinking tournament at which one of the brothers and the victim were both supposed to be designated drivers.
Lt. Willie Kerin of the Bayard Police Department, said officers were dispatched to 408 Hurley St. in Bayard at 4:11 a.m. Sunday.
When officers arrived, Kerin said they observed a male victim, Joseph Sedillos, 24, lying in the driveway. Sedillos had been shot in upper right side of his chest, torso, bicep and shoulder with a 12-gauge shotgun that had been loaded with birdshot.
Kerin said that eyewitnesses at the scene told officers the two male subjects involved in the shooting were Enrique and Daniel Borreno, ages 26 and 27, and that the victim was shot with a shotgun and that the suspects allegedly pointed the gun at a female before they fled in an older model blue Chevy Suburban. Witnesses were also able to give officers a partial license plate number of NM 845.
Officers recovered a 12-gauge shotgun shell at the scene, Lt. Kerin said.
Sedillos was treated at the scene by Bayard First Responders and a Gila Regional Paramedic unit stationed in Bayard, then flown to an El Paso hospital.
Officers then located the blue Chevy Suburban at 404 New St. in Santa Clara and got a search warrant for the home and the vehicle, which was parked under a carport at the residence, Kerin said.
After consulting with Bayard Police Chief Sam Charbagi, and the District Attorney's office, Bayard officers requested the assistance of the Grant County Sheriff's Department SWAT Team.
Once all the search warrants were signed, officers drove to the Santa Clara residence and Bayard and Santa Clara police secured the area and a short time later, the SWAT Team entered the home and then came out with the two brothers in custody.
While officers executed the search warrant on the vehicle and the home, looking for the shotgun, Chief Charbagi interviewed the suspects and it was then that Enrique Borreno reportedly told the chief that "the shotgun wasn't in the house and that he knew where it was and would take me to it," Kerin said.
"I then drove Enrique about a quarter mile down Racetrack Road where he pointed out where he kind of threw it," Kerin said.
"He said it was dark and he was drunk when he threw the gun but it could be over there and he just pointed to the left side of the road," Kerin said.
While Kerin was out looking around for the shotgun, Enrique Borreno began knocking on the window.
"He stated, 'if you let me out, I'll take you to where we put it," Kerin said.
"We walked about 40 yards past my patrol truck and down a little creek bed where we came to a little ledge where the water washed out where there was a bunch of big rocks lined up. He pointed with his toe and said, 'the gun is in there,'" Kerin said.
Kerin said he photographed the scene and then recovered the weapon.
"This whole incident started in Silver City at a Beer Pong Tournament," Kerin said. "Both Enrique and Joseph were supposed to be designated drivers," he said.
One started drinking, then the other, and that led to an argument.
"Joe was upset and disrespecting him (Enrique) and he told Daniel (his brother) 'this guy was disrespecting me all night,'" and the two brothers later went to the residence in Bayard.
"Joe was on the front porch of 408 Hurley Street," Kerin said. "They (the brothers) exited the vehicle, one of them had a firearm, they (the crowd) started to scatter, at that point one of the brothers turned around and shot Joe, the other parties scattered and the two Borreno brothers got back into the blue (S)uburban."
The brothers were taken into custody and were being held at the Grant County Detention Center.
Enrique Borreno was charged with aggravated battery, a third degree felony; aggravated assault, a fourth degree felony; possession of firearm by a felon; and tampering with evidence, a a fourth degree felony. He was being held on $25,000 cash or surety bond, but also has a no bond hold on him.
Daniel Borreno is facing charges of aggravated battery, a third degree felony; aggravated assault; a fourth degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a fourth degree felony. He was being held on $20,000 cash or surety bond.
Both brothers were arraigned by video conference in Bayard Magistrate Court Monday afternoon in front of Judge Hector Grijalva. Enrique Borreno seemed dazed, and when asked if wanted he wanted an attorney, first said "No," but then said "public defender."
Grijalva then asked him if wanted to apply to have an attorney appointed for him and Borreno hesitated and didn't respond, but when Grijalva said "public defender," he responded "yes."
Daniel Borreno seemed attentive and answered the judge's questions with a "yes, sir," or a "no, sir."
He said he lived with his wife and kids but when the judge asked him if he was married, he said, "Well, I was going to get married."
Both of the brothers said they live in Santa Clara with seven people total in the household. Enrique Borreno did not report having any employment, while Daniel Borreno said he worked construction most of the year but for the past four months had been working at Motel 6. Both qualified for indigent representation and both will be appointed attorneys from the firm of Lopez, Deitzel and Perkins, Grijalva said. They will each appear for a preliminary hearing in Bayard Magistrate Court within the next 10 days, Grijalva said.
Further charges could be pending, Kerin said, as the Bayard Police contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms about the "adjustments made to the firearm," he said.
The victim is recovering, Kerin, said.
"I did talk to his mother and they have good hopes for him, but he's not out of the woods yet," he said.
Kerin said the Bayard Police Department appreciated the assistance from the Santa Clara and Hurley Police Departments and the Grant County Sheriff's Office and SWAT Team for their help and cooperation with Bayard authorities.
Christine Steele can be reached at (575) 538-5893 ext. 5802.
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