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Person suspected of shooting Pueblo man and dog arrested in New Mexico

Pueblo Police
Posted at 1:31 PM, Jul 31, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-03 14:18:12-04

PUEBLO — The suspect was identified as 43-year-old Robert James Rudichar of Colorado.

According to a recent tweet by the Pueblo Police Department, Rudichar is currently in custody in the state of New Mexico for additional charges of:

  • Assault on Police Officer with a Deadly Weapon (three counts),
  • Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and
  • Shooting at or from a Motor Vehicle.

Rudichar is expected to be extradited to Colorado for 1st Degree Murder and Cruelty to Animals charges related to this shooting.

On Saturday around 9:55 p.m., PPD said it was told that a person and a dog had been shot on Berkley Avenue. A man was found dead at the scene. His dog was also found wounded.

The dog was transported to Colorado Springs where veterinary professionals determined it was fatally wounded, according to PPD, the dog was then put down "humanely."

The victim has been identified as 46-year-old Franklin Bruner, The Pueblo County Coroner says the cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds.

PPD is currently investigating the initial incident as a homicide. PPD is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Pueblo Police dispatch at (719) 553-2502 or Detective Joe Cardona at (719) 553-3385.

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