MONTROSE COUNTY – An altercation on Escalante Canyon Road on Tuesday apparently led one man to use bear pepper spray and a second man to fire his 410 shotgun, wounding the first man’s wife.
At approximately 7:45 p.m. the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office was advised by the Delta County Sheriff’s Office that they were currently investigating a shooting on Escalante Canyon Road in Montrose County. Investigators from Montrose County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, which was located approximately 15 miles west of Highway 50.
Investigators learned that a 66 year-old female had been shot with a 410 shotgun. The preliminary investigation indicated that the victim’s husband and another male subject were involved in an altercation. The suspect, John Jacob Wool, age 52, had fired one round from his vehicle after he had been sprayed with bear pepper spray by the victim’s husband.
The altercation apparently occurred after the two parties passed each other on the roadway and stopped. The victim was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction by helicopter with non-life threatening injuries. Wool was arrested and transported to Montrose County jail and booked on suspicion of assault in the second degree. The investigation continues and there is no further information at this time.