PORTALES … July 14 — Officials this week served an arrest warrant on a man they found “hiding in a dog house” last week after allegedly shooting at an inspector with an “AR-15 style rifle,” earlier in the day, according to court documents and a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff Office.
Tanner Kube, 29, was charged with felony shooting at or from a motor vehicle in connection with a July 5 incident at a property on the 4000 block of South Roosevelt Road 18, according to court records. Joseph Lujan “told deputies that he was at the address verifying occupancy for the bank that he work for” around 1:30 p.m. that day and was “taking pictures of the residence and property” just before he got into his truck and “heard loud bangs”.
“He said that he then noticed someone in his rear view mirror holding a lever action rifle … and appeared to be yelling at him,” wrote deputy David Meeks. “Lujan said he pulled over down the road to call the Police and this is when he saw that one of the bullets had struck the left rear quarter panel of his truck.”
A search warrant ultimately turned up Kube on the property “hiding in a small dome shaped structure,” described in the press release as a dog house.
Kube initially denied any such confrontation, Meeks wrote, but “later admitted that he fired three shots off, two being in the air and one at the pole gate at the exit of his property,” and “that he used an AR-15 style rifle.”
Kube was arrested that same day for a probation violation and remained Friday in the Roosevelt County Jail without bond on that charge, but was approved for a $5,000 cash or surety bond on the newer charge. He was conditionally appointed a public defender, but it was not clear Friday if a specific attorney was yet assigned.
Kube is scheduled for a preliminary examination July 25