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STAFF REPORT

A pre-trial conference at magistrate court has been set for an Artesia man who is accused of shooting at a man he believed to be associated with the recent death of his brother.

According to the report, Andy Munoz, 31, told police during questioning that his brother, 23-year-old Isaiah Hernandez, was the man killed in a drive-by shooting in Artesia on Saturday. He told police he heard that the people who were responsible for Hernandez’ death were driving a green truck.

On Sunday, July 2, a witness reportedly saw a green GMC pickup and a white Chevrolet Corsica come to a stop at 3105 W. Main St. The witness said he saw a man exit each vehicle. The male from the white car, later identified as Munoz, reportedly began to chase and shoot at the other man.

According to Munoz’ statement, he admitted to pursuing the victim (Munoz told officers the man had a gun), and to shooting a 40-caliber pistol “toward (him), but not at him.” Munoz said the victim agreed to take him to the person that killed his brother and Munoz let him go. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.