A Roswell man was arrested after he allegedly shot his next-door neighbor in the chest with a stolen firearm Sunday night following an argument in the 100 block of South Ash Street.
The 32-year-old victim was transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in serious condition. The victim was later flown to another hospital for further treatment and is expected to make a full recovery, police said.
According to court records, after 30-year-old Ernest Paul Lisenbee Jr. shot his next-door neighbor, he went back into his home, lit a cigarette, told his wife he loved her and that he was probably going back to prison.
Police said they searched Lisenbee’s home at about 6:15 p.m. Sunday, where they said he was eventually found hiding inside in his closet, behind a storage container.
The Roswell Police Department ordered Lisenbee to exit the area while keeping his hands visible, court records state, when an officer said he observed a pistol grip to a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun protruding from Lisenbee’s shorts.
Police said the firearm, which was reported stolen in January, matched the description of the handgun used in Sunday’s shooting on South Ash Street. Lisenbee was questioned by investigators at the police station and was later arrested.
Court records state further questioning by the RPD revealed that as Lisenbee was arriving home, the victim was in his driveway looking for someone. After Lisenbee questioned the victim, Lisenbee said he was grabbed by the victim and asked what he was “tripping on.”
Lisenbee said he and the victim began to wrestle, while continuing to argue. Lisenbee said the victim then threatened to “come back and kill him,” so he told the victim to leave.
According to court records, Lisenbee admitted that he fired a warning shot into the ground and also announced that the next bullet would be for the victim.
Lisenbee said the altercation happened so fast that he was unaware if he meant to shoot the victim intentionally or not.
The victim’s facial expression did not change after he fired another warning shot, and then he shot the victim in the chest as the victim “kind of came at him,” Lisenbee told police.
Police said the victim was able to get to a front patio where he then collapsed.
Lisenbee is charged with aggravated battery, receiving stolen property, felon in possession of a firearm and violating probation.
He was booked into the Chaves County Detention Center and is being held without bond on the probation violation. The other charges have a $50,000 cash or surety bond.
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