Officers from the Delta Police Department responded to a 911 call from an injured male asking for help in the early morning hours of Aug. 22.
Further investigation resulted in the arrest of Aliza Marie Archuleta, 33, of Delta for alleged first degree assault with deliberation, menacing, prohibited use of a weapon, child abuse and reckless endangerment. Archuleta is being held in the Delta County Jail on a $60,000 bond after she allegedly discharged a firearm injuring the adult male in the presence of multiple children. Delta County Human Services Child Protection was called in to assist.
According to the arrest affidavit, Terry Speicher Jr. said his sister shot him in the forearm during an argument. She says he had choked her, and that's why she got a gun. She says she was trying to scare him away when she pulled the trigger.
According to the Delta Police Department, alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor. While both Archuleta and her brother had been drinking, a witness to the events that unfolded at 668 Hastings Street. According to the arrest affidavit, he told Terry he needed to leave and go somewhere for the night to sober up. He was headed toward the front door when Archuleta allegedly showed up with the gun. He attempted to grab her in a hug but keep her from using the gun, and that's when the shot was fired. The bullet went through Speicher's arm and exited through the glass and screen of the front door.