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Gunshots at Las Cruces Party Lead to Probationer’s Arrest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Las Cruces police arrested 26-year-old Daniel Golden Jr. of Mesilla Park for allegedly discharging a handgun after being asked to leave a birthday party early Sunday morning, police said in a news release.

Golden was being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center because of an alleged probation violation and is facing one count each of negligent use of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the release said.

According to police, officers responded to a call of shots fired around 4:30 a.m. Sunday and were told that Golden had gotten upset when someone changed the music he was playing at the party, became agitated and was asked to leave and allegedly pulled a 9mm handgun and fired several shots into the air.

Golden has a criminal history, including convictions for aggravated burglary and conspiracy going back to 2005 and the manufacture or distribution of an imitation controlled substance in 2008, according to a New Mexico Corrections Department news release.

The Corrections Department release detailed several probation or parole violations that sent Golden back to prison, including a 60-day stint after being arrested on April 7, 2011, for allegedly going to a bar, consuming alcohol and associating with a known felon.

He was released under dual supervision in June 2011 and was served with a preliminary violation report after testing positive for marijuana, according to the Corrections Department.

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