Winchester man charged in shooting

Published 10:05 am Thursday, September 13, 2018

A Winchester man is facing felony assault charges after allegedly shooting another man in the foot early Tuesday.

Ernesto Muniz-Batiz, 34, of 48 Jackson St. Apt. 2., was arrested without incident and charged with first-degree assault, Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said.

The victim, 47-year-old Pablo Hernandez, was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment.

The shooting was a result of an argument between the two men, Hall said, and happened in Muniz-Batiz’s apartment.

Hernandez left after being shot.

While the cause of the argument has not been verified, police believe alcohol was involved.

Winchester Police were called to Washington and Jackson streets at 1:31 a.m. Tuesday concerning the shooting.

Officers followed a blood trail back to Muniz-Batiz’s apartment. After entering, officers found Muniz-Batiz in a bed with the handgun, according to the arrest citation.

Following his arrest, Muniz-Batiz spoke with detectives, Hall said.

“He gave a statement corroborating what the victim said,” Hall said.

Wednesday, a district judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for 9 a.m. Monday after entering an automatic not-guilty plea. Muniz-Batiz’s $100,000 cash bond was not changed.

First-degree assault is a class B felony carrying a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison upon conviction.

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