CALDWELL — A man was shot and killed following a verbal dispute Friday morning in an onion field south of Greenleaf.

Rene Jaramillo Navarrete, 58, of Nampa, and a 45-year-old man were reportedly arguing when Navarrete allegedly pulled a gun and shot the man several times, according to Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue, who spoke at a press conference Friday.

Wilder Police and the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched around 9 a.m. to an onion field near the intersection of Upper Pleasant Ridge Road and Beet Road. The victim, who had multiple gunshot wounds, died at the scene.


Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue speaks at a press conference Friday afternoon at the Canyon County Administration Building in Caldwell concerning an ongoing homicide investigation which took place Friday morning on Upper Pleasant Ridge Road west of Caldwell.

The suspect fled and was found less than an hour later driving on Greenhurst Road by Nampa Police officers. He was arrested without incident and is being held at the Canyon County jail.

Both men were believed to have been working together in a farm field prior to the shooting. Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue was not sure how long the two men had been working together. It’s not known at this time what the verbal argument was about or if the two had a history of arguments.

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The victim is not being identified at this time pending notification of family, Donahue said. He said the victim was living in the Canyon County area.

“My heart goes out to both families,” Donahue said, acknowledging both families had experienced a significant tragedy.

Navarrete is being held in jail on a second-degree murder charge, but Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor said Navarrete has not been formally charged with any crime yet.

Witnesses have been helping in the investigation, Donahue said. It’s not known how many people witnessed the shooting.

Navarrete does not have an extensive criminal history, according to the Idaho online courts repository. He was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence in 1993.

Investigators were still at the scene Friday afternoon and were expected to wrap up in the area soon.

Emily Lowe is the Canyon County public safety reporter. Follow @EmLoweJourno on Twitter

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