MURTAUGH • The Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office has completed the investigation into the shooting death of a 42-year-old Murtaugh man last April.
Jose Luis Mucio-Olayo died April 24 after being shot. Officials now say the shooter, Raquel E. Martinez, 25, fired in self-defense.
Deputies responded to 4808 E. 2900 N. at about 8:50 p.m. on April 24 for a report of a fight.
They arrived on scene and found two males with gunshot wounds, an uninjured female, later identified as Martinez, and a car in flames.
Mucio-Olayo was transported by air to St. Luke’s Magic Valley MedicalCenter where he later died.
Javier Carbajal-Galvan, 28, was transported by ground. A third victim, Edgar Trinidad-Garcia, 23, of Burley, drove himself to Cassia Regional Medical Center in Burley before deputies arrived.
The investigation revealed that a dispute developed among Mucio-Olayo, Carbajal-Galvan and Martinez.
Mucio-Olayo fired a small-caliber rifle at Carbajal-Galvan at close range, striking him several times, according to the sheriff’s office.
Mucio-Olayo then turned his firearm on Martinez and fired at her several times.
Martinez fired a large-caliber handgun at Mucio-Olayo, in order to defend herself and Javier, fatally wounding Mucio-Olayo. A round also hit Trinidad-Garcia.
Sheriff’s investigators, in cooperation with the Twin Falls County Prosecutor’s Office, have concluded that the actions taken by Martinez were justified as self-defense. That means no charges will be filed in this case, the sheriff’s office announced.
For several months, Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs said his office and the sheriff’s office were waiting on test results on evidence that was sent to the state lab.
It also took investigators several days to release the names of the victims in the case because of difficulties in notifying next of kin.
Loebs summed up the intricacies of the case in April: “The question at the center of the investigation is who did what and when. Once we’ve got the answer to that question, it will answer all these other questions.”