Brighton Police detectives are investigating a dispute between two men that led to one man firing a handgun. During the afternoon of Sunday, March 7, dispatch received several calls from witnesses about a shooting in the area of Highway 85 and Bromley Lane. The investigation revealed a 48-year-old man of Longmont was at the intersection asking for assistance when an argument ensued between him and a passing motorist. The motorist was identified as 25-year-old Antonio Balderas of Brighton.
During the argument, Balderas pepper sprayed the other man and fired several shots in the man's direction. The man was not shot, but did experience a reaction from being pepper-sprayed. Balderas was later contacted at his residence and arrested on several charges, including Attempted 1st Degree Assault. The charges against Balderas are merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.
This is still an active investigation. The Brighton Police Department is requesting anyone who may have witnessed this crime to contact (303) 288-1535 reference BPD CR#21-1265.