NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Investigators say Ian Downs was charged in a shooting that happened while he was trying to meet up with a 14-year-old girl with developmental disabilities. He told police he shot in self-defense when he wounded a man in Clovis on New Year’s Day.


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According to court documents, the shooting victim and two others learned Downs was chatting with the 14-year-old girl on social media. They pretended to be the girl online and lured Downs to a church, where they planned to beat him up.

The men told police as Downs saw them getting out of the car, he opened fire. Downs is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He told investigators he believed the girl was in her 20s.