Eddy County Gun Violence

  • On March 18, 2019, in Carlsbad, New Mexico, Valerie Fierro, was shot in the leg. The shooter dropped Fierro off at a hospital and then left. The sheriff’s office is investigating the incident. It is not clear if the shooting was intentional. Source: Carlsbad Current Argus
  • On January 12, 2019, in Carlsbad, New Mexico, Samuel Cortese, 38 years old, was charged with robbery of U-1st Community Federal Credit Union at gunpoint. He was also charged with robbery of a Subway restaurant and a Western Commerce Bank. Source: Carlsbad Current Argus
  • On April 24, 2018, in Carlsbad, New Mexico, Keyon Mason, age 18, was arrested in connection with the shooting of an 8-year-old boy. Police department investigators said Mason told them he and the boy were “playing” when the .22 revolver discharged. Mason admitted to knowing the gun was loaded when he pointed it at the boy. The boy is in stable condition. Source: Carlsbad Current Argus
  • On October 5, 2017, in Roswell, New Mexico, a male was severely injured during a shooting incident in an RV park off US 285. The Eddy County sheriff’s office arrived at the RV Park in reference to an individual suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. Police are working to identify a suspect. Source: Artesia Daily Press
  • On July 17, 2017, in Carlsbad, New Mexico, the bodies of Lisa Sexton, age 48, and Nathan Hartman, age 50, were found in a tax service office. Both had suffered single gunshot wounds and a gun was found near the bodies. Lisa Sexton operated the business. Authorities say the two victims were in a relationship for more than a year. Police say they didn’t have any evidence to suggest anyone else was involved, indicating this was likely a murder-suicide. Source: KRQE News
  • On April 6, 2017, in Carlsbad, New Mexico, Evan Gonzales, 18 years old, was arrested for three armed robberies. Police said evidence suggested Gonzales was involved in a shooting earlier that day that is being investigated. Deputies received a call of shots fired from a car at 4 a.m. Bullets struck a nearby home, but no one was injured. Source Albuquerque Journal
  • On February 3, 2017, in Carlsbad, New Mexico, a two-year-old was killed after being accidentally shot by one of his siblings. All siblings were under the age of five. They were playing outside of their home. The parents thought the gun was safely secured in the house. Source: KOAT News
  • On July 26, 2016, in Artesia, New Mexico, New Mexico State Police were dispatched for a 911 “shots fired” call involving an officer-involved shooting incident. As Artesia police officers arrived at the scene, they encountered Juan Reynolda Duran, 36 years old, who was armed with two firearms. During the encounter, Mr. Duran pointed firearms at police officers. After multiple demands for Mr. Duran to drop his weapon, shots were fired. Mr. Duran was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation. Source: Artesia Daily Press
  • On July 5, 2016, in Carlsbad, New Mexico, police found 44-year-old Eric A. Florez, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and had died at the scene. According to police, Florez was driving a van when he was shot. Detectives are following up investigative leads. Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
  • On December 7, 2015, in Eddy County, New Mexico, a 28-year-old victim was found at home with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim remained hospitalized in critical condition. Carlsbad police are looking for a suspect. Source: KRQE News
  • On October 28, 2015, in Eddy County, New Mexico, a woman was shot and injured in what appeared to be a random accident. She was taken to the Carlsbad Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Source: Albuquerque Journal
  • On September 1, 2015, in Eddy County, New Mexico, officers shot and killed 47-year-old Michael Evans. The officers were serving Evans an arrest warrant for selling a machine gun to an undercover agent. When they arrived at his house shots were fired. Source: NewsWest.com
  • On September 9, 2013, in Carlsbad, New Mexico, a 16-year-old boy shot his 12-year-old cousin while playing outdoors. The shooter did not know there was a bullet in the chamber of the handgun. The teen told police that his cousin had pointed a toy pistol at him before he shot him with a .38 handgun. Source: Associated Press

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