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Man Gets Leg Up on Would-Be Burglar(NM)
riograndesun.com ^ | 27 January, 2011 | Bill Rodgers

Posted on 01/29/2011 3:14:52 PM PST by marktwain

A man police are calling a would-be burglar lost most of his calf muscles Monday after an Avenida Cañada homeowner shot him at close range with a 12-gauge shotgun.

“(The homeowner) said he didn’t have the heart to kill him,” Española Police Lt. Christian Lopez said. “He shot him in the legs.”

Joe Quintana, 28, was still in surgery at Española Hospital late Monday evening after he was shot by Joseph McNeil just before 9 a.m., Lopez said. A slug from McNeil’s shotgun tore through Quintana’s right calf muscle, which destroyed it, and went through his left calf, partially removing that muscle, according to Lopez, who said Quintana should be able to walk again with surgery and rehabilitation.

“More than likely it’s going to be a while,” Lopez said.

* Emergency personnel were called to McNeil’s home at the intersection of El Llano Road at about 9 a.m. Monday. The yard was cordoned off with caution tape while officers and detectives walked through the living room and photographed the scene of the shooting. Quintana was lying on a stretcher in the doorway to the home, and was moving his head and talking to medical workers before they took him away in an ambulance.

McNeil declined to comment at his home later that afternoon.

Lopez offered the following account of what went on inside the home:

McNeil was in the house, which he shares with his wife, by himself Monday morning when he heard someone trying to remove an air conditioner in a window. When Quintana couldn’t remove the air conditioner, he broke through a bedroom window to enter the house. McNeil grabbed his shotgun and confronted Quintana at the door to the bedroom.

McNeil ordered Quintana to the ground, but he did not listen. The two men fought over the shotgun, and Quintana lost. Quintana, who was unarmed, ran past McNeil for the front door and tried to open it. However, the screen door to the house was dead-bolted and could only be opened with a key from the inside.

Trapped at the front door, Quintana ignored another command from McNeil to get on the ground, so McNeil shot him. The slug was lodged in the wall after it passed through both of Quintana’s legs.

Lopez said the shooting met a standard for self-defense. He said the only other way out of the house after the front door was for Quintana to run past McNeil for the back door.

“Hell, he already fought him one time for the gun,” Lopez said. “(McNeil) thought his life was in jeopardy.”

Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Hill arrived at the scene shortly after the ambulance left with Quintana. Lopez said police investigators would give her the case against Quintana. He said Quintana could potentially be charged with felony burglary and assault, as well as with aggravated assault because the two men were fighting over a firearm.

Quintana faced charges of felony burglary and larceny last October in Rio Arriba County Magistrate Court, according to an online court records database. Hill dismissed those charges Jan. 10 with a motion stating the case may be presented to a grand jury. So far, Quintana has not been indicted on those charges, according to court records.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: albuquerque; banglist; defense; espanola; newmexicousa; nm; santafe; shotgun
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A man who will fight you for the gun that you posses is a deadly threat.
1 posted on 01/29/2011 3:14:56 PM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Choosing burglary as a profession does have its downside.


2 posted on 01/29/2011 3:20:47 PM PST by JPG (Work for conservative change like your country depended on it.)
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To: marktwain

In what part of the world did this take place?


3 posted on 01/29/2011 3:21:46 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: JPG

I hope he has a good lawyer. Dead men do not sue.


4 posted on 01/29/2011 3:23:12 PM PST by Venturer
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Strange story.

He’s probably going to regret letting him live.

I guess we get to pay for his medical bills now...


5 posted on 01/29/2011 3:25:08 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico;


6 posted on 01/29/2011 3:26:40 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Espanola, New Mexico... a bit north and west of Santa Fe.


7 posted on 01/29/2011 3:26:55 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Jubtabulously We Thrive!)
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To: marktwain

Good for McNeil! Quintana won’t be trying to break into anyone’s house again. Is Quintana illegal, I wonder?


8 posted on 01/29/2011 3:27:34 PM PST by American Quilter (The urge to save humanity is nearly always a cover for the urge to rule. - H.L. Mencken)
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To: marktwain

Good ol’ home defense


9 posted on 01/29/2011 3:30:57 PM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: marktwain
“(The homeowner) said he didn’t have the heart to kill him,” Española Police Lt. Christian Lopez said. “He shot him in the legs.”

If a man is worth shooting, he's worth shooting right.

10 posted on 01/29/2011 3:31:30 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Venturer
I hope he has a good lawyer. Dead men do not sue.

Nor do they come back for revenge.

11 posted on 01/29/2011 3:31:59 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: marktwain

Well, at least he won’t be stealing anyone else’s air conditioner for a while.

Trying to steal a heavy appliance is pretty hard without legs.


12 posted on 01/29/2011 3:32:58 PM PST by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: American Quilter

Most likely homegrown. Northern New Mexico is majority old spanish families going back to the 1600’s. They do not like illegals.


13 posted on 01/29/2011 3:33:02 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Jubtabulously We Thrive!)
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To: marktwain

Shotgun oh yeah, for the guy who does not want to worry about aiming. I love happy stories.


14 posted on 01/29/2011 3:34:31 PM PST by Recon Dad ( Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.” \)
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“(The homeowner) said he didn’t have the heart to kill him,”

The bad guy who wanted your gun so badly more than likely had the heart do so.


15 posted on 01/29/2011 3:35:03 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: marktwain

A SLUG from the shotgun?

Oh, lordy. Yikes.


16 posted on 01/29/2011 3:36:18 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

“Northern New Mexico is majority old spanish families”.

Yea, those 4’9” chica’s are most definitely “Spanish”.
So funny to see Mexicans look down their noses at the other
Incan/Mayan natives from south of the border.
They raise their noses and say, “I’m SPANISH”.
Yea, right prove that in a DNA test.


17 posted on 01/29/2011 3:37:58 PM PST by 9422WMR (Illegal is not a race.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

“A SLUG from the shotgun?

Oh, lordy. Yikes.”

Yeah, and it was an assault shotgun with high-capacity “mags”, too...


18 posted on 01/29/2011 3:41:56 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: marktwain
For the record and a warning to anyone who would violate my home. I DO have the heart to kill you. I am no longer in the military or law enforcement. I DO NOT take prisoners, if you want to surrender rob someone else. The coroner will have a hard time determining which caliber bullet was the lethal shot, let alone which bullet.
19 posted on 01/29/2011 3:42:22 PM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US Government to Kill Commies and Radical Moo-slims. Now ain't that irOnic?)
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“when he heard someone trying to remove an air conditioner in a window”

Dang!! Just how hot is it there in the Jan.?


20 posted on 01/29/2011 3:49:35 PM PST by coldtexan (30 below keeps the RIF RAF out)
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