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Feb 12, 2013 12:30 PM by Patricia Collier

Man arrested in early morning shooting

El Paso County Sheriff's Office responded to a person shot call early Tuesday morning shortly before 2:00a.m. in the 7100 block of Tilden Street in the Widefield area. When deputies arrived they discovered 33 year old Leonard James had suffered a single gunshot wound to his back. He was awake and spoke briefly with deputies and medical personnel before being transported to a local hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition.
During the initial investigation detectives learned there had been a gathering amongst friends at the home and a gun discharged and Mr. James was struck. All people who had been at the home were interviewed by investigators and as a result of information gained through those efforts and the initial assessment of the crime scene, 31 year old Ian Whittaker of Widefield has been arrested and booked into the Criminal Justice Center on $10,000 bond for Second Degree Assault, class 4 felony, Prohibited Use of a Weapon, class 2 misdemeanor, and Reckless Endangerment, class 3 misdemeanor. Alcohol and marijuana appear to be factors in this case.

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