A 30-year-old Colusa man was arrested Saturday night in connection with a shooting on Third Street in Colusa the day before.
Robert Anthony Celis was arrested at about 10:15 PM, after Colusa Police officers, along with investigators from the Colusa County District Attorney’s Office and the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant related to a shooting that occurred the day before at a home on the 2000-block of Third Street. Celis was booked into Colusa County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a firearm on a person, battery with serious bodily injury, and drawing or exhibiting a firearm in a threatening manner. He was being held at the Colusa County Jail without bail.
Colusa Police Officers were dispatched to the Third Street residence at around 6:10 PM on Friday, regarding a male who had suffered a gunshot wound to his chest. Officers arrived to find that the victim, Francisco Rodriguez, 39, had suffered a single gunshot wound to his upper abdomen. Rodriguez was transported by ground ambulance to the Colusa Medical Center, and was taken from there by air ambulance to Enloe Medical Center in Chico and treated, Colusa Police Chief Josh Fitch said.
“He’s stable now, from what I understand,” Fitch said. “He is expected to survive and is recovering.”
According to Fitch, investigators got conflicting accounts about the incident from Celis and Rodriguez.
“According to (Celis), the victim brought and produced the gun, and then (Celis) and other people in the home fought with (Rodriguez) over it, and continued to fight over it until (Celis) realized the victim was shot,” Fitch said. “The victim said that he was over there, he and the suspect were in a fight, the suspect pulled a gun, they fought over it, and he ended up getting shot. That’s where we’re at right now.”
Fitch added that investigators were unable to interview Rodriguez extensively until the following day, which was why Celis wasn’t arrested on Friday night. A gun shot residue kit was used during the investigation that night, but the results were inconclusive, Fitch said.
Fitch said that Celis was cooperative with law enforcement during their initial investigation, and led them to two 9 mm handguns in the attic of the home on Friday – one of which shot the round that hit the Rodriguez. Both handguns were unregistered.
“There was no record on file for either of them,” Fitch said.
Fitch said that when investigators attempted to follow up with another interview of Celis, he “subsequently lawyered up.”
Charges have yet to be filed by the Colusa County District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Matthew Beauchamp said on Monday evening that his office would not be filing a charge for attempted murder.■