Chaves County Gun Violence

  • On March 21, 2019, in Roswell, New Mexico, Marisela Barela, age 29, was shot and killed. There was a report of gunshots in the location where her body was found. Source: Roswell Daily Record
  • On January 6, 2019, in Roswell, New Mexico, Isaac Ray Chavez Jr., 22 years old, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The shooting occurred at a residence during a party. Police arrived in reference to several reports of shots fired. Witnesses reported that the shooting began when two men were fighting in front of the house and one man pulled out a gun and shot the other man. One victim was shot in the hand, another in the arm, and a third in the hip. A fourth victim was wounded in the chest. Source: Roswell Daily Record
  • On September 17, 2018, in Roswell, New Mexico, Samuel Anthony Lopez was charged with approaching two women – one of them the mother of his child – in a vehicle outside of an apartment and threatening them with a gun. Source: Roswell Daily Record
  • On May 23, 2018, in Dexter, New Mexico, Annette Chavez, age 48, was arrested for the May 11 robbery of the Valley Bank of Commerce. Spokesman Frank Fisher said she had a camouflage outfit, walked into the bank and demanded cash from a teller. Fisher said Chavez implied that she had a gun and was given cash. Source: Albuquerque Journal
  • On April 5, 2018, in Roswell, New Mexico, Sebastian J. Montes, age 20, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting of a man who was with him as the two sat in a vehicle. The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds but is expected to survive. Source: Roswell Police Department
  • On February 7, 2018, in Roswell, New Mexico, Tess Jaurequi was killed in a drive-by shooting. Police say multiple gunshots were fired and the bullets struck two mobile homes. Police are looking for information. Source: Roswell Daily Record
  • On December 26, 2017, in Roswell, New Mexico, James Alan Berrones, 46 years old, was fatally shot by officers after he opened fire while barricaded inside a shed. Authorities say they were serving a warrant for Berrones in connection with a domestic violence incident that happened hours earlier at his ex-girlfriend’s apartment. Source: US News
  • On November 23, 2017, in Roswell, New Mexico, Joshua Linares, age 21, and Santiago Aguilar, age 20, were arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack on 35-year-old Jeremy Ridens. Investigators believe the attack is connected to an attempted robbery. Ridens was shot during what appeared to be a fight with one or more people in the yard of a home. He made his way to another house after being shot and collapsed. He later died at the hospital. Source: Albuquerque Journal
  • On September 24, 2017, in Roswell, New Mexico, Jose Diaz, age 30, was involved in a shootout with multiple members of law enforcement. Diaz was found asleep in his vehicle at an intersection. He then fled driving through properties. Diaz then parked, exited his vehicle with a handgun and rifle, and began firing at law enforcement. Deputies returned fire with Diaz being struck in the foot and arm. He was taken into custody. Source: Artesia Daily Press
  • On September 24, 2017, in Roswell, New Mexico, Michael Anthony Herrera, age 33, turned himself into police who were looking for him in connection with the death of Jared Aralla, age 26. Police say Aralla was found dead in his family’s home. Investigators say Herrera went to the house intending to shoot his girlfriend and another man who was allegedly having a relationship with her. When he arrived at the house, Aralla was the only one home. Investigators believed the two men talked before the shooting occurred. Source: KRQE News
  • 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. 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 Edward Pyeatt, who had been shot. He was taken to a hospital and later died. 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 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.
  • On April 18, 2015 south of Roswell, New Mexico, 21-year-old Guimel Vasques was shot and killed in an apparent accident. Source: KRQE News
  • 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:
  • On January 14, 2014, in Roswell, New Mexico, a 12-year-old boy shot a sawed off shotgun at Berrendo Middle School and critically injured a girl and a 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 the girl will likely have permanent organ damage. 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:
  • On January 11, 2011, in Roswell, New Mexico, 17-year-old Alberto Villela died after accidentally shooting himself in the head at a party. Alcohol and drugs were involved in the incident. Source: Washington Examiner

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