Fort Collins Police Investigate Accidental Shooting
Released on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Sgt. Don Whitson
Fort Collins Police Services
On July 30, at approximately 6:30 pm, Fort Collins Police Services received information that a male had been shot while standing near a car in Fossil Ridge Park located at 5833 South Lemay. When officers arrived they found a 19 year old male who had suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
During the field investigation officers located a .22 caliber pistol secreted in the bushes near the vehicle. Interviews at the scene revealed this was a unintentional shooting and the suspect denied knowing the gun was loaded when he shot the victim as he stood outside his car. The suspect’s name is being withheld because he is a 16 year old juvenile.
The victim was transported by ambulance from the scene with serious injuries. He is expected to survive. The victim’s name is Baltazar Martinez-Torres. The suspect was released to the HUB and charged with Second Degree Assault and Possession of a Handgun by a Juvenile.
The investigation is on-going to determine if drugs or alcohol were involved. If you have further information or witnessed this incident please contact Detective Robert Brown at 970-416-2680.
No other information is available to be released at this time.