Chaves County
Gun Violence

Chaves County

  • On February 15, 2017, in Roswell, New Mexico, Shayne Romero, 30 years old, killed himself after firing at an officer investigating a stolen car. Roswell police say an officer encountered Romero outside a motel while checking out the report of a stolen car. After Romero and the officer exchanged gunfire, the suspect collapsed. A second officer arrived and ordered Romero to drop his gun. Police say Romero instead shot himself in the head. SOURCE: SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN
  • On November 9, 2016 in Roswell, New Mexico, Ernest Ray Allen was shot by his 35 year-old nephew, Cody Hairston. Police say the warrant accuses Hairston of first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Officers who responded to the shooting found Allen wounded and unconscious. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. SOURCE: ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • On July 29, 2016, in Roswell, New Mexico, Juan Nava, a 27 year-old, was arrested and charged with firearms and destructive devices. A police report alleges Nava was in possession of a .22 revolver and 8 boxes of ammunition. SOURCE: ROSWELL DAILY RECORD
  • On May 24, 2016, in Roswell, New Mexico, police officers found 61 year-old Edward Pyeatt, who had been shot. He was taken to a hospital and later died. 31 year-old Branden Berg was arrested for shooting Pyeatt, his uncle. He faces an open count of murder. SOURCE: KRQE NEWS
  • On May 11, 2016, in Roswell, New Mexico, police found 24 year-old Christopher Montoya deceased in the street. Investigators believe Montoya was outside when a vehicle arrived with multiple people inside. They say some or all of the people in the vehicle got into a fight before Montoya was shot. Police are investigating. SOURCE: KRQE NEWS
  • On March 26, 2016 in Chaves County, New Mexico, 33 year-old Robert Guerin was killed after a standoff with police. Guerin was driving a truck erratically and was seen pointing a gun from the truck. Roswell police tried to pull the vehicle over but Guerin exited the vehicle and pointed a gun at the officers. A Roswell police officer fired one shot, hitting Guerin, who later died at the hospital. SOURCE: KRQE NEWS
  • On February 3, 2016, in Chaves County, New Mexico, after 4.5 hours in a standoff with police, 23 year-old Sebastian Lane was taken into custody. It started when Lane allegedly pointed a gun at his brother and later at an officer. Police arrived at the house and swat members tried to negotiate with him. Tear gas was deployed and Lane surrendered. SOURCE: KRQE NEWS
  • On April 18, 2015 south of Roswell, New Mexico, 21 year-old Guimel Vasques was shot and killed in an apparent accident. SOURCE: KRQE
  • On June 8, 2015 in Roswell, New Mexico, a man was arrested for firing multiple shots at a vehicle carrying two men who had just been released from jail following the dismissal of charges against them in a shooting case against the suspect. SOURCE: COPBLOTTER.NET
  • On January 14, 2014 in Roswell, New Mexico, a 12 year-old boy shot a sawed off shot gun at Berrendo Middle School and critically injured a 13 year-old girl and a 12 year-old boy. The two students will suffer from lead poisoning for the rest of their lives. The boy will never regain sight in his eye and it is unlikely the girl will be able to have children. The gun was unlocked in the parent’s bedroom closet. SOURCE: CNN NEWS
  • On April 13, 2013 in Roswell, New Mexico, 52 year-old Curtis Hicks shot officer David Freeman and a female motorist several times when he was pulled over at a traffic stop. A high-speed chase ensued until officers shot and killed Hicks. SOURCE: AJC.COM
  • On January 11, 2011 in Roswell, New Mexico, 17 year-old Alberto Villela died after accidently shooting himself in the head at a party. Alcohol and drugs were involved in the incident. SOURCE: WASHINGTON EXAMINER


  • On September 12, 2015 in Roswell, New Mexico, a woman was transported to the hospital after being shot on the block of 300 West Albuquerque St. SOURCE: ROSWELL DAILY REPORT
  • On August 22, 2015 in Roswell, New Mexico, three people were found dead and another wounded inside a home. SOURCE: ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL
  • On July 26, 2015 in Roswell, New Mexico police were searching for a gunman who opened fire at a children’s tag football game. Two people were injured by gunshots.