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Man faces battery charge in Terreton shooting

TERRETON, Idaho - The man shot in Terreton over the weekend is expected to recover from the gunshot wound, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

Police said Saturday's incident was not a drive-by, as they originally told media. They said Samuel Rodriguez-Silva, 34, confronted the victim, Ramon Gonzalez-Vargas, 23, in his driveway.

Jefferson County Sheriff Blair Olsen said they knew each other, as both men were farm laborers who worked in the same area.

Rodriguez-Silva tried to get Gonzalez-Vargas into his vehicle, a 2002 Yukon. When Gonzalez-Vargas resisted, Olsen said, Rodriguez-Silva shot him. The bullet entered through the stomach and passed through the body.

Police did not give Rodriguez-Silva's motive for wanting Gonzalez-Vargas to get into the SUV.

Rodriguez-Silva left the victim's house in the vehicle, which was stopped by Jefferson and Madison County deputies on Highway 33, milepost 70, about 25 minutes later. Police found the gun, a .357 revolver, near the side of the road.

Gonzalez-Vargas was flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. His condition was upgraded from critical to serious on Monday morning.

Rodriguez-Silva is charged with battery with intent to commit a serious felony. More charges are pending.

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