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Las Vegas school board president charged in assault case

Robert Duran III (Source: San Miguel County Detention Center)

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The Las Vegas City Schools board of education president was arrested Tuesday after firing one or more shots near his stepson during a family dispute.

Robert Duran III allegedly slapped his stepdaughter Monday and then was confronted by his stepson Tuesday, according to a statement of probable cause filed with the San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

After discussing via phone the initial incident, the stepson went to Duran’s house.

Duran claimed his stepson “walked up the driveway towards R. Duran’s pickup truck in attempt to confront him,” the report said. As the stepson “closed distance towards him, R. Duran reached into the driver’s side door compartment and pulled out his firearm (a black Glock 9-mm handgun).”

Duran told the stepson to leave the property and the stepson began to walk away, the report said, but he stopped and began to yell at Duran.

Duran then “pointed his firearm towards the ground and shot one round in attempt to scare (the stepson) away,” the report said.

The stepson, however, gave police a different version of the story. He said that when talking with Duran on the phone, he wanted to know why Duran slapped the stepdaughter.

“Yeah I did and what,” Duran told the stepson, according to the report. “What the (expletive) are you going to do about it?”

The stepson said he felt he was being challenged and went to speak with Duran in person. As he walked up the driveway, Duran said, “get off my property, I don’t want you here,” at which point Duran “immediately pulled out a gun and fired two or three rounds toward (the stepson’s) feet.”

As the stepson walked away, Duran “then pointed his firearm at the stepson’s face,” later adding he would “blast him,” the report said.

The stepson told police he “felt threatened by R. Duran and feared for his life.”

Duran was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon on a felony charge of aggravated assault (deadly weapon) – solicitation and a misdemeanor charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon (unsafe handling). He was arraigned on those charges Wednesday afternoon at the San Miguel County Magistrate Court and then was released, according to a court employee.

Duran did not respond to a phone message seeking comment.

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