City councilor accused of pistol-whipping, shooting at man

ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) - A city councilor’s job may be in jeopardy because of a fight investigators said started over a woman. Santa Fe Sheriff’s deputies said the councilor pistol-whipped and shot at a man.

Investigators claim the angry brawl in Pojoaque, landed Española City Councilor Eric Radosevich, 44, in jail.

Saturday night, the victim claims he walked out of the Kicks 66 gas station in Pojoaque, to find another man talking with his wife.

“It escalated from there,” explained Major Ken Johnson, of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim said the suspect told him, “I’m going to take your wife, going to take your truck, and I’m going to f*** you up! You better get the f*** out of here, this is my town!”

Court documents state as the victim drove away, he noticed the suspect with three other men following him. The victim said he stopped and grabbed a bat out of his truck bed, but the men rushed his truck, and one of them jumped in the truck bed.

As the victim drove away, he claims the men followed him to a nearby restaurant in a white Chevy with a lift kit. That’s when the victim claims the man, later identified by deputies as Radosevich, rushed him.

The victim said Radosevich started hitting him in the head with a gun. As the victim tried to drive away, he said Radosevich fired multiple rounds at his vehicle. Deputies said two rounds hit the victim’s truck, but no one was hurt.

The white Chevy, along with surveillance video from the gas station, led deputies to Radosevich Wednesday night, and they arrested him.

“It’s no way for anyone to be acting, but especially a public figure in his position, it really sets a bad example to the public,” explained Major Johnson.

Detectives said Radosevich claimed he was defending his friend, the man allegedly talking with the victim’s wife.

Major Johnson said a gun was recovered and that the surveillance video, now tagged into evidence, shows Radosevich was the aggressor.

“They were aggressive from the very get go, so we’re not sure what their intentions were, or what led them to do that,” said Johnson.

Radosevich is being held on a $25,000 cash only bond. He’s charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and shooting at a motor vehicle.

Detectives said Radosevich admitted he and his friends were drinking that night, but because deputies didn’t find them the night of the incident, Johnson said there is no way for investigators to know their level of intoxication.

Radosevich was elected in 2012, and has two more years left as a city councilor. Española city officials said unless the councilor is convicted of a felony, he’s still got his job for now.

Detectives are still looking for the three other men allegedly with Radosevich that night.

blog comments powered by Disqus