ELKO – A West Wendover man arrested Sunday in the shooting death of his 15-year-old brother was charged Wednesday with two counts stemming from a domestic battery incident in June.
Ivan Villarreal Lopez, 21, was booked in Elko County Jail Nov. 29 on one count of assault with a deadly weapon, a category B felony; and one count of coercion, a category B felony. He is being held on $40,000 bail.
According to court documents, a woman filed a report with West Wendover Police June 8 stating that her live-in boyfriend, Lopez, and she had an argument and that when she tried to leave, Lopez “grabbed her by her hair and shoulder area and pulled her back into the residence.”
The woman told police Lopez blocked her path to the door and “kicked her in the upper thigh.” When the woman told Lopez she would call police, Lopez allegedly pointed a rifle at her and threatened to kill her, court documents said.
The case was dismissed in Elko Justice Court on Sept. 7. Court documents said “the State was unable to locate a necessary witness to testify.”
The charges were refiled in justice court Oct. 13 and a warrant was issued on Oct. 28.
Lopez was arrested Nov. 26 on one count of involuntary manslaughter after West Wendover Police were called to a residence on a report of a juvenile with a gunshot wound. The teen, identified as Lopez’s brother, died of his injuries on the scene.
Authorities said Lopez left the residence after medical personnel arrived, but returned and turned himself in after his family and officers talked to him on the phone.
Lt. Don Lininger said West Wendover Police worked with the Elko County Sheriff’s office on the investigation, which has concluded.
“Locally, we completed interviews with everyone in the residence,” Lininger said. “The autopsy was completed and the findings were provided to the attorneys in Elko.”
Charges in that case have not been filed by the Elko County District Attorney’s office.
Lopez remains in custody at the Elko County Jail.