Lea County Gun Violence

  • On March 17, 2018, in Hobbs, New Mexico, Jose Acosta, 36 years old, shot and killed Yvonne Villalobos, 29 years old. Although shots were fired during the arrest there were no injuries. Police charged Acosta for fourth-degree involuntary manslaughter. Source: KOB4
  • On February 11, 2018, in Hobbs, New Mexico, Nathan Garcia faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The off duty policeman said he accidentally cut Garcia off on the road leading Garcia to start driving recklessly toward him. He then pulled out a gun and pointed it at him. Police eventually caught up with Garcia at a traffic stop. Source: KOB4
  • On November 29, 2017, in Hobbs, New Mexico, officers responded to a call and found Daniel Torres, age 45, dead in his home from a gunshot wound. Source: KRQE News
  • On November 6, 2017, in Hobbs, New Mexico, police arrested Lazarus Sanders, age 19. He is facing charges for allegedly shooting at a bank employee after an armed robbery at the ATM. Witnesses told police the suspect stole money from someone at the ATM of the Lea County State Bank. He then shot a bank employee who was trying to watch the suspect until police arrived. Source: KRQE News
  • On July 28, 2016, in Eunice, New Mexico, an officer-involved shooting occurred. Source: News Sun
  • On February 18, 2016, in Lea County, New Mexico, a fatal police shooting has left a suspect dead and a deputy in the hospital. State Police say 52-year-old Guadalupe Sauceda was caught robbing a man’s home in Jal. When two Lea County sheriff’s deputies and two Jal police officers showed up, they say Sauceda was holding a gun and shots were exchanged. A deputy was hit in the thigh. Sauceda died at the scene. Source: KRQE News 13
  • On July 29, 2015, in Jal, New Mexico, state police investigated the fatal shooting of Mathew Lujan who was found shot to death on Second Street. Source: Lubbock Online News
  • On February 17, 2015, in Hobbs, New Mexico, police arrested 2 teens after finding drugs, vodka and a gun in their car. Source: Newswest 9
  • On April 2, 2015, in Hobbs, New Mexico, a man was arrested for holding a woman at gunpoint. He was charged with kidnapping, felon in possession of a firearm, outstanding warrants for battery against a household member, and probation violation. Source: EverythingLubbock.com
  • On January 7, 2014, in Hobbs, New Mexico, a gun dealer was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for selling thousands of rounds of ammo to an illegal immigrant and possession of guns with serial numbers filed off. His parents also pleaded guilty to selling guns to a straw purchaser who was really an ATF informer. They were also charged. Source: Associated Press
  • On November 21, 2014, in Hobbs, New Mexico, 5 people were arrested after a 16-year-old was shot and killed. Source: Newswest 9
  • On January 28, 2013, in Hobbs, New Mexico, 23-year-old Emile Romero shot and killed Stephan DeMoss with 2 gunshot wounds to his chest. Source: LubbockOnline.com
  • In February of 2013 in Lovington, New Mexico, 52-year-old David Rogers was shot and killed for unknown reasons. Woodrow Don Jr. has been charged with first-degree murder. Source: LubbockOnline.com
  • On May 28th, 2015 in Lea County New Mexico, a dozen people were arrested in a massive gun and drug bust. Authorities recovered several stolen guns that were used to commit previous violent crimes. Source: Newswest.com
  • On June 30, 2014, in Carlsbad, New Mexico, 2 victims of a stolen trailer decided to take the law into their own hands when they chased the suspected robber. A shootout ensued, injuring the 2 victims. The alleged robber drove away. Source: KRQE News
  • On May 5, 2015, in Carlsbad, New Mexico, 20-year-old Cody Mejia shot 2 teenagers, ages 14 and 18. Source: KRQE News
  • On August 4, 2010, in Artesia, New Mexico, the Eddy County Sheriff’s department found Brandi Capps suffering from a gunshot wound to her chest inside her home. She died later that day at Artesia General Hospital. Source: Artesianews.com
  • On August 5, 2010, in Artesia, New Mexico, a 22-year-old died at Artesia General hospital from at least one gunshot wound. Source: Clovis Journal

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