Gunshots fired, man arrested for alleged attempted murder

Published 6:02am Monday, April 29, 2013

Albert Lea police arrested a 41-year-old Texas man Sunday night for attempted murder after an alleged altercation with his brother outside a home on Valley Avenue.

Samuel Vallejo, of Harker Heights, Texas, is expected to face charges of second-degree assault, reckless discharge of a firearm and attempted second-degree murder after police received a report of gunshots fired in the area of High Street and Valley Avenue at about 11:30 p.m., according to the Albert Lea Police Department.

No one was injured.

Vallejo’s brother also was taken into custody but was later released, according to police.

Vallejo and his brother were reportedly in town for a family event when they got into a disagreement about a family issue, police stated.

Police said they were seated in a silver Chevy Silverado parked in front of a house at 802 Valley Ave. when Vallejo allegedly pulled out a Smith & Wesson .380 handgun and fired a shot through the window next to his brother.

After the alleged shot, the two men reportedly got out of the pickup and were yelling back and forth at each other.

Police were alerted to the incident after receiving at least a couple of calls that shots had been fired in the neighborhood, said Albert Lea Police Department Lt. Darren Hanson.

Police recovered two handguns at the scene, but only one was used in the reported shooting. Hanson said the two men had been drinking and said the incident was not a result of gang activity.

The Albert Lea Police Department was assisted by the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office, Gold Cross ambulance and the Albert Lea Fire Department.