Lee Hernandez
Lee Hernandez (Courtesy of San Juan County Sheriff's Office)

FARMINGTON — A business was damaged, and U.S. Highway 64 was shut down after a man shot at an occupied truck Tuesday night.

San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the call shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

Matthew Jackson, 26, of Waterflow, told deputies that an armed, Hispanic male with a silver handgun shot at his truck while he was leaving Circle W Pawn. The suspected shooter was later identified as Lee Hernandez, 44, of Farmington.

According to the press release, Hernandez asked Jackson for a ride toward Shiprock. When Jackson refused, Hernandez became angry and showed Jackson the gun.

Jackson left the property in his car and heard a gunshot as he was leaving, Sgt. Garrett Morris said in the press release. Morris said Jackson stopped a short distance east of the store and called the police.

U.S. Highway 64 was shut down, and various resources were dispatched, including Farmington police K-9 officers.

"While waiting for additional resources to arrive, deputies maintained visual of Hernandez," Morris said in the press release. "They were able to see a silver handgun in his possession."

According to the press release, Hernandez tried to break through the glass doors of the gas station portion of Circle W Pawn. At one point, he allegedly fired a shot into a window of the pawn section of Circle W. Nobody was inside Circle W at the time.

When Farmington Police Department's armored vehicle arrived, a team of sheriff's office deputies and Farmington and state police officers made contact with Hernandez, who was taken into custody without further incident, according to the press release.

The gun was found in a trash can outside the gas station.

According to the release, a bullet hole was found in Jackson's truck, but Jackson was not hurt.

Hernandez was transported to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center and booked on the charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property and negligent use of a firearm. His bond was set at $40,000.

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