Charges Dropped Against Armed Citizen Who Shot Albuquerque Protester

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Charges against Steven Ray Baca in the Monday shooting of Albuquerque protester Scott Williams have been dropped.

Breitbart News reported Baca (pictured) shot Williams as protesters were gathered to remove a statue of Spanish conqueror Juan de Oñate.

The Washington Post reported that Baca opened fire after Williams allegedly swung “a board…[at] Baca’s upper body and head.”

Video from KOB4’s Megan Abundis captured the moment shots were fired:


Baca was subsequently arrested and charged with “aggravated battery with a deadly weapon,” but Reuters reports those charges were dropped on Wednesday.

Some images from the incident showed Williams allegedly holding “what was rumored to be a knife” when Baca was attacked.

Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez said, “There have been rumors on social media about what transpired in the final seconds before this and we are actively looking into those and whether or not this was justified. The reason he is not facing that charge right now is because this investigation is not complete.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at



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