North San Juan man jailed for allegedly shooting his son |

North San Juan man jailed for allegedly shooting his son

A 47-year-old North San Juan man is suspected of trying to kill his 21-year-old son during an argument by firing several shotgun rounds at him, hitting him once in the hand as he ran away, sheriff’s officials said.

Santos “Jim” Delgado was arrested Monday afternoon at the Nevada County courthouse in Nevada City on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, criminal threats and intimidation of a victim, said Nevada County sheriff’s Lt. Frank Koehler.

Sheriff’s detectives had been looking for Delgado since Sunday evening, when one of Delgado’s neighbors called the Sheriff’s Office to report Delgado fired 15 rounds from a shotgun during an argument with his son outside the alleged assailant’s trailer on Farrell Ravine Way, Koehler said.

During the alleged shooting, a pellet from one of the shotgun rounds hit Delgado’s son on the back of the right hand near the wrist as he fled, Koehler said.

Detectives and sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail officers seized a .22 caliber rifle, shotgun rounds and numerous spent shotgun casings during a Monday morning search of Delgado’s property, Koehler said.

Delgado, who was at the courthouse with a friend Monday afternoon, was spotted by a detective, who was at the courthouse submit paperwork regarding the search warrant, Koehler said.

“It was just happenstance that a detective found him there,” Koehler said.

The son lives in a separate trailer on the same property as his father, Koehler said.

The young man was treated for the minor wound at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and released, he said.

Koehler declined to state the cause of the alleged fight between father and son.

The shooting investigation is continuing as detectives interview potential witnesses, he added.

Delgado is being held without bail, and will be arraigned later this week after the district attorney files charges, Koehler said.

To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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