Domestic case turns into shootout in Pavas neighborhood

These three weapons were confiscated after the Pavas shootout. Photo: Ministerio de Gobernación. Policía y Seguridad Pública/Paul Gamboa

A wild shootout in Pavas Sunday ended in the arrest of four persons, including a teen accused of holding a pistol at the head of a police officer in an effort to avoid being detained.

The shootings appeared to grow out of a domestic case.

The Fuerza Pública said that two men arrived at a home in Villa Esperanza de Pavas, began to insult a woman there and then began firing at the home. Those inside responded with their own weapons, said police.

The 17 year old, who has the last name of Martínez, suffered a wound in the hand, and a 45-year-old man with the last names of Segura Núñez was shot in the heel. Both were hospitalized.

Pistols and a shotgun were involved in the shootout.

Police said that one of the men who arrived at the home was the subject of a non-contact order involving the woman. But they had no additional information as to why it was issued.

A man with the last names of Campos Sánchez and one with the last names of Soto Nuñez were detained as being responsible for the shootout, said police.

When it appeared he might be arrested, Martínez pulled a gun on a police officer and held the muzzle against the officer’s temple and made an effort to flee, police said. However, police were able to defuse the situation.

In an unrelated police action Saturday afternoon, police detained three persons in Pozos de Santa Ana when they were seen running in the public right-of-way carrying a television and sound equipment. Officers reported that three men had broken into a home, threatened a youth and his mother with knives and stole the household articles.

The suspects were identified by the last names and ages of Vargas Morales, 24, Hernández Morales, 29, and Gutiérrez Morales, 18, said officers.

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