One in custody, one in the hospital


Shooting involving off-duty Torrington correctional officer

SCOTTSBLUFF – The Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) issued a press release Friday, Aug. 5, confirming one of its off-duty correctional officers at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution (WMCI) in Torrington was involved in a Scottsbluff shooting outside of a grocery store on Thursday night.

“The Wyoming Department of Corrections has learned that a staff member from (WMCI) – Correctional Officer Martin Maldonado Jr. (34) – was involved in an off-duty shooting in Scottsbluff, Neb. yesterday afternoon and that staff member remains hospitalized,” a press statement released by WDOC Spokesman Paul Martin stated. “No other information is available at this time.”

According to documents and statements obtained by the Telegram from Scottsbluff Police Department, Scottsbluff County Jail and Scottsbluff County Sheriff's Department, 35-year-old Alexander J. Maldonado, of Gering, Neb., was taken into custody after he shot 35-year-old Martin A. Maldonado Jr. of Scottsbluff, Neb. in the abdomen one time. According to police statements, the elder Maldonado, who shot the off-duty WMCI correctional officer, remained on scene until police arrived.

Maldonado Jr. was transported by ambulance to Regional West Medical Center for treatment, where he remains in an unknown condition according to Scottsbluff authorities.

The Scottsbluff Police Department was dispatched to a shooting at the Main Street Market, 401 S. Beltline, Scottsbluff, Neb., at 5:12 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Scottsbluff County Jail records reported Alexander Maldonado was arrested and charged with attempted murder, use of a firearm to commit a felony, prohibited a person in possession of a firearm, protection order violation and discharging a firearm within city limits.

No additional information about Alexander Maldonado’s arraignment hearing or case status was immediately available Friday, nor were any details available as to why Martin Maldonado had a protection order filed against Alexander Maldonado; law enforcement stated they could not release that information.

“The Scottsbluff Police Department would like to thank the Scottsbluff Fire Department, Gering Police Department, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell Police Department and Valley Ambulance for their assistance,” Scottsbluff Police Department Chief Kevin Spencer said.

Should the public have any additional information about this case, please contact the Communications Center at 308-632-7171 or they may contact Crime Stoppers at 308-632-STOP (7867) or [email protected]

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