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New Mexico hunting guide and client shot near Mexico border


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New Mexico hunting guide Walker Daugherty is in critical condition after retaliating against a band of Mexican kidnappers after his clients. Daugherty suffered a shot to his abdomen following gunfire between him and the assailants, who had already opened fire on the RV where Daugherty’s clients were staying.

The clients were still inside.

The incident occurred on the remote Circle Doug Ranch, west of Candelaria, TX, which is close to the Mexico border. According to The Westerner, Daugherty stumbled upon the attackers when he stepped outside of his nearby hunting lodge to investigate suspicious noise, which turned out to be several shooters targeting his clients’ RV. Shots soon echoed throughout the night as Daugherty and another guide, Michael Bryant, rushed to the clients’ defense. The RV was “riddled with bullet holes from the attack and suffered other structural damage” and Daugherty had to be pulled to safety, according to The Westerner.

The family, which runs Redwing Outfitters (a goHUNT Business Member), had been working with US Border Patrol recently after a series of thefts occurred on the ranch. Because of the number of attackers and direction of gunfire, the family suspects that the attackers intended to kill everyone there, according to The Westerner.

Hunting guide shot near Mexico border
Screenshot from an Instragrm post. Source: @HelenButt

Fortunately, Daugherty’s and Bryant’s wives were able to call 911 from inside the lodge, despite bad cell phone reception. The client’s wife, who is a nurse, was able to keep Daugherty’s bleeding under control while they waited for an hour for a medivac helicopter to arrive. He was taken to El Paso, TX and is in critical condition.

The client, Edwin Roberts, was shot in the arm and is expected to fully recover.

The attackers have not been found. There is a gofundme account that was setup by friends to help with medical expenses. You can donate to the gofundme account here

Do you think this was a botched kidnapping or something worse? 





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jamie k. - posted 1 week ago on 01-09-2017 01:06:33 pm

prayers for a full recovery and capture of these criminals

Mark L. - posted 5 days ago on 01-10-2017 05:31:11 pm

I think it is just another example of the problem we have here in the country. So sad, that it is has to come to this. I'm praying for his family. The sad part is if they are captured, nothing will be done.

Tamia W. - posted 3 days ago on 01-13-2017 07:01:16 am

Prayers up for him and thank goodness that he was able to scare away the attackers. Perhaps they'll think twice next time. I am confused regarding the Facebook post. The details in the Facebook post (shot in the chest vs stomach) and that one of the wives was in the RV (the newspapers says both wives were in the lodge) versus the newspaper article have some very important facts conflicting.
I SO wish they would build a wall instead of just talking about it.

Tamia W. - posted 3 days ago on 01-13-2017 06:46:25 am

... I meant the details from the Twitter account or whatever it is that Helenbutt is posting from.

wesley m. - posted 2 days ago on 01-13-2017 02:17:12 pm

It was all friendly fire. Edwin shot Walker through the RV door because him and his wife were spooked. It escalated from there...

Brady Miller
Brady M. - posted 2 days ago on 01-13-2017 03:43:57 pm
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

There is a lot of info going back and forth. We have been waiting for some concrete answers before we ran the follow-up. But like Wesley said... this is looking more and more like friendly fire.

Israel P. - posted 2 days ago on 01-13-2017 06:29:50 pm

It has been confirmed. No ambush. Friendly fire.