Two brothers have been charged following a fight the night of May 12 in Aspen Springs that resulted in one of the parties being shot with a handgun.
According to Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department Det. Rich Valdez, Archuleta County Combined Dispatch received a call around 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, reporting a fight in progress, with shots fired.
Archuleta County Sheriff Department deputies responded to a residence on Crooked Road, in Aspen Springs Unit Six.
Upon arrival, law enforcement determined that Andrew Betrix, Jr., 28, had been shot in the leg.
In interviews, it was determined that Andrew had been shot by his brother, Joseph Betrix, 26. Both individuals were intoxicated at the time of the incident, Valdez said.
Andrew was transported to Pagosa Mountain Hospital, Valdez reported, where the doctor found that another bullet had grazed the inside of Betrix’s ankle.
Joseph was returned to the house by friends after the deputies’ arrival, at which point he was taken into custody and interviewed, admitting to his actions in the event. Joseph was also treated for injuries at the hospital, Valdez said.
Andrew was given a summons and released, according to Valdez.
The Colorado State Patrol assisted with the incident, Valdez said.
According to Valdez, Andrew had assaulted Joseph at the brothers’ residence. Joseph then threw Andrew out of the house. After being thrown out, Andrew reportedly broke a window with a shovel.
Joseph then fired five rounds at Andrew using a .22 caliber pistol — three warning shots, then the two that struck Andrew, Valdez said.
After the shooting, Joseph left, walking to a nearby friend’s house, Valdez said.
The sheriff’s department called Pagosa Springs Police Department Det. Scott Maxwell and the town’s K-9 unit for help in locating the pistol.
Approximately .4 miles from the scene, along the path Joseph took to the friend’s house, the bloodhound located the pistol in a piece of broken culvert near a ditch.
“Bonnie (the bloodhound) did a tremendous job. That was incredible,” Valdez said, adding that finding the handgun was a major piece of the investigation.
For his role in the incident, Joseph has been charged with second-degree assault and the prohibited use of a weapon. Andrew has been charged with criminal mischief and third-degree assault, Valdez said.