SCOTTSBLUFF — A Scottsbluff man arrested as a suspect in a shooting had been involved in a contentious divorce involving custody disputes and protective orders, court documents show.
Scottsbluff police have arrested Alexander J. Maldonado, 35, of Gering in connection with a shooting Thursday in a Scottsbluff parking lot, according to information released by Capt. Lance Kite.
Police and paramedics were called to the Main Street Market parking lot around 4.57pm on Thursday. They found a man, identified as 34-year-old Martin Maldonado Jr., with a single gunshot wound to his abdomen. He was taken to Western Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Police arrested Alexander Maldonado on suspicion of attempted murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, breach of a protective order and discharging a firearm. fire within the city limits. He is being held at the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center.
Martin Maldonado Jr. is an officer at Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington. According to the Wyoming Department of Corrections, he remains hospitalized.
Court filings in Scotts Bluff County Court indicate that Alexander Maldonado and his estranged wife have been involved in a contentious divorce since May 2020 and custody issues were due to be heard at trial this month. According to court records, subpoenas were issued to several people in the case on Thursday because a trial was scheduled for August 22.
In June, the ex-wife of Alexander Maldonado filed a protective order on her behalf and on behalf of a minor child. A protective order hearing took place on Wednesday and court records said Alexander Maldonado and the woman agreed to a supervised four-hour weekly visit with his child. The case had been continued for hearing later that month.
The woman says in the filing that she is dating Martin Maldonado Jr. and cited specific incidents involving Alexander Maldonado that she says caused her to fear for her safety and well-being, as well as her child. Martin Maldonado Jr. had also filed a harassment protection order against Alexander Maldonado in September 2021, alleging that Alexander Maldonado assaulted him on one occasion, which resulted in criminal charges.