ABQ attorney indicted after shooting man in leg

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque attorney David “Chip” Venie has been indicted on aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and other charges stemming from shooting a man in the leg at his Downtown office in August.

Venie claimed Stephen Biddinger had assaulted him and his staff before being shot outside his office near 8th and Lomas, called “the Freedom Center.”

“He came through the door. He was confronting me. I told him to leave. I asked him to leave repeatedly. He would not leave. I shot him,” Venie told a 911 operator, according to the 911 tape. “He’s standing in front of my office bleeding right now and he’s still there arguing, fighting.”

Besides the assault charge, Venie is charged with receiving stolen property, a Beretta 9 mm handgun, striking Biddinger with a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun and tampering with evidence to avoid prosecution.

Venie’s arraignment is not yet scheduled.

The case is being handled by Davis Ruark, a deputy district attorney in Hobbs.

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