Man shot near Tres Piedras following dispute over money, construction materials


A 71-year-old man allegedly shot at and wounded another man early Saturday morning (Jan. 13) near Tres Piedras, according to a press release from the Taos County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies and Taos County Emergency Services medics responded to a report of a gunshot wound along US 64 just before 4 a.m. They made contact with a man later identified as Paul Friedrich-Vonhuene Von-Hoyningen-Huene, who had suffered a gunshot wound to his left arm and side.

Von-Hoyningen-Huene told deputies he had been shot by 71-year-old Cliff Peckham following a dispute over money he said was owed for some building materials and work he claimed to have completed for Peckham without payment.

An initial investigation revealed that Von-Hoyningen-Huene had traveled to Peckham's home near Tres Piedras and taken some building materials he felt entitled to. When he left the property, Peckham allegedly gave chase in a Jeep Cherokee, pulled up beside Von-Hoyningen-Huene and fired several rounds at him.

Von-Hoyningen-Huene fled to a nearby residence and called 911 to report that he had been struck by at least one round.

Medics treated him at the scene and transported him to Holy Cross Hospital in Taos.

Peckham also called 911 later in the morning, according to the press release, admitting that he "had shot or shot at someone and agreed to surrender himself ..."

Sergeant Jake Cordova took Peckham into custody without incident. Cordova also recovered a 9mm handgun believed to have been used in the shooting. Both vehicles involved in the event have also been recovered as evidence.

Peckham was booked into the Taos County Adult Detention Center and has been charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Sheriff Hogrefe said that he will be requesting a no-bond hold in the case.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Cordova will be investigating the dispute that allegedly precipitated the shooting.

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