ELKO — A Montello man was arrested Friday for attempted murder for shooting another man in the foot following a verbal confrontation, according to the sheriff’s office.
Ronald L. Culley, 55, argued with Lester J. Alderman outside the Cowboy Bar in Montello when he pulled out a gun, prompting Alderman to run away, said Undersheriff Clair Morris.
Before the victim could escape, Culley fired three shots from a .38-caliber revolver, Morris said, but two of the bullets didn’t hit anyone.
“Unfortunately, they all didn’t miss,” Morris said.
The third bullet fired went in Alderman’s foot and out his ankle. Morris said he was unsure if the round ricocheted off the pavement.
Alderman was flown to Salt Lake City for medical treatment.
Investigators believe Culley and Alderman were arguing over personal belongings that one man said the other had taken from him.
Two deputies stationed in Wells received the call of a shooting at about 6:30 p.m., Morris said, and two sheriff’s detectives followed to investigate.
Culley was found at his home, which is next to the bar, and he was arrested without incident for attempted murder and discharging a weapon where another person might be endangered.
Culley is being held at the Elko County Jail on $100,640 bail.
The two men had been drinking, according to Morris.