DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Four people have been formally charged following a domestic dispute where shots were fired at a vehicle after the driver threatened to crash into a makeshift cabin near Fruitland.
The Aug. 30 incident ended with the arrest of a parole fugitive.
Investigators say Dorothy Jo Smuin, 44, threatened to drive a pickup truck into a camp trailer that has been converted into a cabin if her boyfriend, Ronnie James Manzanares, 44, didn’t tell her who was in the cabin with him.
The two women who were in the cabin with Manzanares at the time later told deputies he responded to the threat by firing a gun multiple times at Smuin.
Manzanares, who had previously been convicted of a felony took off when he realized the police were coming. Both of the women in the cabin identified Manzanares as their boyfriend.
Deputies were unable to find Manzanares on Aug. 30, but learned the next day that he had returned to the cabin where the shooting happened. He was taken into custody without incident. Investigators say they recovered a handgun that they believe was used in the shooting.
Manzanares was booked into the Duchesne County. Smuin faces a slew of charges including obstruction of justice and making a threat of violence.
Authorities have also filed charges against the women who were in the cabin with Manzanares. Patricia Mechelle Hatch, 46, and Charrise Monique Durazo, 34, are also facing charges of obstruction of justice.