ELOY — A Casa Grande man is facing charges after allegedly firing a gun at another man who was standing in the front doorway of his home.
According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Jesus M. Salazar, 36, is charged with discharge of a firearm at a residential structure, aggravated assault and misconduct involving a weapon.
At 3:47 a.m. on Sept. 5, Eloy Police officers reportedly were called out to a home in the 500 block of East Hopi Circle for a report of shots fired.
When officers arrived at the home, a man showed them damage to the front door and other parts of the home that appear to have been made by a small caliber firearm.
The man told officers that he arrived home after running a late errand and was backing into his driveway when he noticed a man with long hair on a bicycle. The man on the bicycle started yelling at him. He couldn’t make out what the man was saying. He yelled back at the man to go away.
The caller told officers that he had seen the man on the bicycle in the neighborhood before and believes the man may be related to a neighbor.
After yelling at the man on the bicycle, the caller said he went back inside and moments later heard a number of gunshots. He opened the door to the home and heard more gunshots, including one that struck the front door. He also heard the man on the bicycle yelling.
At that point, an “anonymous citizen” told officers they had a cellphone video of the incident. The video showed a man with a long ponytail with what appeared to be a backpack on his back walking with a long gun. Officers couldn’t determine what kind of gun but believe it may have been a .22-caliber rifle.
Then several shots were fired on the video. When the shots were fired, the person who was filming the event ducked so officers couldn’t tell which direction the gun was pointed.
Officers found three spent rounds from a small-caliber weapon in the roadway in front of a different home where officers know Salazar stays occasionally. Officers also stated that Salazar is known to have long hair, ride a bicycle and has been arrested in the past for violent confrontations with other people.
At 5:59 a.m. on Sept. 5, officers responded to a call of suspicious activity at a vacant home in the 400 block of North Washington Street. Officers found multiple people at the home, but most of them fled before officers could detain them. Salazar was also allegedly found at the home and arrested.
The man who called to report the shooting incident allegedly picked Salazar out of a lineup.
During an interview with police, Salazar allegedly told officers that he did shoot at the man’s house that morning. He said he was riding his bicycle in the area when the man approached him, yelled at him and told Salazar he was going to shoot him. Salazar said the man then allegedly brandished a gun at him.
Salazar said he told the man he was “going to play fair” and went back and got his own gun from the seat of his Buick sedan. He then shot the gun in the direction of the man’s house before returning the weapon to the car and leaving the area.
Salazar told officers that he did not mean to hurt the man and allegedly admitted to changing his shirt after the shooting.
The man who called in the shooting denied having a gun in his hand during the confrontation with Salazar. He said he only had a cellphone with him.