Sheriff: Man found shot to death in Canyon County field worked on farm with suspect

A 45-year-old man who died of multiple gunshot wounds in Canyon County was working on a farm Friday morning with the man suspected of killing him, according to Sheriff Kieran Donahue.

At around 9 a.m., the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting that occurred in a field near the intersection of Upper Pleasant Ridge Road and Beet Road, about 7 miles west of Caldwell.

The suspect, Rene Jaramillo Navarrete, 58, of Nampa, was arrested an hour later and is in custody at the Sheriff’s Office. He has not been officially charged, prosecutor Brian Taylor said, but the arrest was on suspicion of second-degree murder. That could change once formal charges are filed, officials said.

Navarrete has no apparent criminal history in Idaho, according to online court records.

Canyon County deputies said they found the victim dead at the scene; he still has not been identified publicly. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds, Donahue said.

The sheriff said the shooting was preceded by a verbal altercation between Navarrete and the victim. The two worked on the farm together, Donahue said, and there were multiple witnesses, which helped lead to the quick arrest.

“It’s a sad situation all the way around,” Donahue said at a press conference Friday afternoon. “You have two families who have experienced tragedy today.”

The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office is still on scene collecting evidence.

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Reporter Ruth Brown covers the criminal justice and correctional systems in Idaho. She focuses on breaking news, public safety and social justice. Prior to coming to the Idaho Statesman, she was a reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Bakersfield Californian and the Idaho Falls Post Register.