Leland A. Romero
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA — Prosecutors filed charges on Wednesday against an Alamosa city councilor accused of waving a stun gun at his son during an alleged lawn-watering dispute, according to an Alamosa Police Department (APD) report.
Leland A. Romero, 49, was summoned to appear in Alamosa County Court on June 4 for felony use of a stun gun and misdemeanor harassment.
An APD officer responded to the scene at 705 11th Street following a May 11 report of a disturbance in progress.
Once he arrived, the officer spoke with Romero, who reported that he was trying to evict his son from the rental property, but was having problems.
Romero told the officer that he was attempting to water the lawn in order to keep the grass from dying. But his son kept turning the sprinklers off, he said.
When the officer inquired about the stun gun, Romero pulled the device out of a pocket and handed it over to him. Romero told the officer that he never turned the Taser on, but his son disputed that statement.
Lucas Romero, 23, said the argument began when he stepped outside his home to shut off the sprinklers. As he did so, his father told him: “don’t turn off those (expletive) sprinklers.”
The son replied that he needed to turn them off, since they’d already been on for three hours.
At that point, his father began to walk toward him, warning him that he would “(mess) him up” if he touched the sprinklers.
Lucas Romero ignored the warning and bent down to the ground in the direction of the sprinklers. His father then pulled a Taser out of his pocket, turned it on and lunged at him, he said.
In response, Lucas Romero ran inside the house, locked the door and called police.
However, Leland Romero’s written statement on the incident contradicted his son’s version of events.
He said his son threatened him when he dropped by the house to take care of the lawn. When he told his son to leave the water on, Lucas Romero lunged toward him, called him a “little b---h” and waved his hands in a threatening manner, he said.
Lucas Romero then began to egg him on, telling him: “let’s go, little b---h,” he said.
When his son raised his hands a second time, Leland Romero pulled the Taser out of his pocket and said: “don’t you dare.” Lucas Romero then backed away and went into the house, he said.
The officer reported that he found inconsistencies between Leland Romero’s verbal and written statements; a woman who was present at the scene also confirmed Lucas Romero’s version of events.
No one was injured during the incident.