MINTURN, Colo. (CBS4) – Eagle County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man in connection with a shooting in Minturn on Monday morning.
The sheriff’s department arrested Jamie Quintana, 46, whom they say shot a man in the chest with a handgun around 5 a.m.
The victim, identified as Bruce Plummer, is in serious but stable condition. The sheriff’s department said Plummer was found shot in an alley in the town near Vail.
Quintana was arrested three hours later without incident, the sheriff’s department said.
Investigators say Quintana and Plummer have known each other a long time and were likely at a nearby bar drinking before the shooting took place. They reportedly went to the radio station in town to visit with the overnight deejay. Detectives told CBS4 the deejay denied any involvement and said nothing strange was happening.
“They were either friends or had been acquaintances for a while,” Detective Gianni Robinson with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said. “He had told us he had been shot by a guy with a 9 millimeter.”
Quintana is facing charges for attempted first-degree murder, but Eagle County deputies were at his home Monday afternoon to try and find out more.
“We’re conducting a search on this house looking for the weapon … we’ve recovered a lot of illicit drugs and paraphernalia,” Robinson said. “With the crime itself we don’t know if it’s related.”
Plummer was shot in the upper right chest area. Investigators were going to make another visit to the hospital to try and get more information.
Quintana will be in court Tuesday to face formal charges, which also include first-degree assault.