Lemitar man pulls gun on officials

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One Lemitar man is facing charges for bringing a pistol to a water fight, according to Socorro County Magistrate Court records.

Richard Cordova is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and negligent use of a deadly weapon following an Oct. 7 incident with a couple of workers from the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District.

New Mexico State Police Lt. Jason Green said NMSP arrested Cordova on those charges, plus a previous warrant.

According to court records, NMSP was dispatched to Nature Lane in Lemitar about 6:59 p.m. Oct. 7 in reference to a fight among three men, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The officer met with the two conservancy district employees, who said they went to meet Cordova at his property where he was irrigating.

The men told the officer Cordova was irate on the phone, which is why they went to speak with him in person, according to court documents. While they were talking with Cordova on the ditch bank, he allegedly became angry, pulled out a handgun and put it to one man’s chest a couple of times. The other man got close to Cordova, overpowered him and took the gun away.

The NMSP officer smelled an alcoholic beverage as he was speaking to Cordova, according to court documents. Cordova allegedly told the officer he had two beers before coming to check his water. He also told the officer he knew he was not supposed to be drinking since it was a violation of his probation.

The officer advised Cordova’s probation officer of the matter, according to court records. When the officer provided Cordova’s information to dispatch, he learned Cordova had a warrant for his arrest. The warrant is for attempting to falsely obtain services and receiving/disposing of stolen property.