Arrest made in Glenwood shooting
November 15, 2006
Glenwood Springs police have arrested a suspect in an Aug. 11 shooting that left a man injured outside the Oasis Restaurant in West Glenwood.
It turns out the suspected assailant has been in Eagle County Jail since being pulled over just an hour after the shooting, Police Chief Terry Wilson said.
Luis Bustillos, also known as Luis Bustillos-Dominguez ” who Wilson said is last known to have lived in Albuquerque, N.M., and may be either 27 or 30 years old ” has been arrested on charges including first-degree attempted murder.
Wilson said police got a break in the case after Bustillos told a fellow jail inmate he had committed the crime.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in West Glenwood notified police Monday that someone who was in the process of being deported had information on a shooting in West Glenwood.
Police interviewed the man, who said he had been in the Eagle County Jail with a guy named Luis who said he had “shot up the Oasis.”
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Wilson said the informant reportedly decided to tell authorities after having “a bit of a tiff” with Bustillos.
“Apparently they had a fight of some sort and that led to some hard feelings, obviously, which just goes to show you don’t want to be telling someone your deepest and darkest secrets and then get them angry at you,” Wilson said.
Wilson said the informant’s account included a significant amount of details about the shooting. In addition, police showed Bustillos’ photo to shooting witnesses who said he looked like the assailant.
Wilson said a state trooper pulled over Bustillos for a lane violation on eastbound Interstate 70 in Eagle County shortly after the shooting. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, possession of cocaine, introducing a controlled substance into a jail facility, and presenting a forged document to a police officer. He remained in Eagle County Jail Wednesday. He initially was being held in lieu of $7,500 bond but Wilson said the new charges carry a bond amount of $100,000.
The first-degree attempted murder charge means Bustillos intended to kill someone, Wilson said. He said Bustillos had been kicked out of the restaurant and returned, firing about four or five shots.
“This guy was pretty much shooting wildly in the parking lot,” Wilson said.
One bullet hit a car and others bounced around the parking lot. One of the bullets, reportedly fired from a handgun, hit the leg of Oscar Contreras, the brother of Oasis owner Axel Contreras. Contreras wasn’t seriously injured.
Wilson said he didn’t think Bustillos was specifically targeting Contreras. More likely, he may have been trying to shoot security personnel who had removed him from the restaurant, Wilson said.
Other new charges against Bustillos include felony counts of first-degree assault, criminal mischief, menacing and illegal discharge of a firearm. Wilson said he also faces a misdemeanor charge of prohibited use of a weapon for handling a gun while drunk, a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge, and a petty criminal trespass charge for returning to the restaurant after being kicked out.
Wilson didn’t know Wednesday if the timing of deportation proceedings against the informant might be affected by his role in the Bustillos case.
“We’ll have to find out some of that from the district attorney as we get into this a little further,” he said.
Wilson said the shooting arrest is a classic case of an investigation needing a little break.
“You just never know when you’re gonna get that tidbit that pulls it all together,” he said. “It’s amazing how a DUI arrest in Eagle County results in an arrest for a shooting in Garfield County. I’m just really, really happy that we got the information that we got to seek a warrant and make an arrest.”
The shooting occurred the same weekend that a woman was attacked by three men and raped by one of them on 6th Street in Glenwood, and a man was attacked and injured by a group of about eight to 10 men at the “hot pots” on the Colorado River near Glenwood’s downtown Interstate 70 interchange. Wilson said police have yet to make arrests in either of those crimes.
“We’ve had bits and pieces on all of those but never a good direction to follow,” he said.
He said Bustillo’s arrest reflects a staple of police training.
“Strong, proactive traffic enforcement is responsible for so many crimes being solved that it’s incredible. … Bad guys try to get away the same way other people travel too. You can catch up to an awful lot of things that way.”
Wilson said the case also serves as a reminder of the danger officers face when they stop drivers. That lesson was reinforced in October when Colorado State Patrol trooper Brian Koch was shot and injured by a motorist he had pulled over near Silt. The motorist ” Steven Appl, who later killed himself at a police checkpoint ” had been driving a stolen car.
“You don’t know who you’re stopping when you make a traffic stop,” Wilson said.
The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.