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Sheriff’s Office seeks man in connection to dairy shooting

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Victim was shot in leg after hazy motives

The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a person of interest related to the shooting of a 36-year-old man at a dairy near Lake Arthur Wednesday.

Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder said they are looking for the person said to have done the shooting around West Pearson and 76 Austin roads.

The sheriff said detectives are wanting to talk to 43-year-old Fermin Reyes, of Artesia.

“Obviously, (we’re) not calling him a suspect, but he’s somebody we want to talk to about this case,” he said.

Snyder said while they are uncertain on what instigated the incident, a 36-year-old dairy worker was shot by a co-worker in the leg.

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“They were both employed and working at the dairy,” Snyder said. “(They) didn’t work in the same specific area, we’re just not sure exactly what the truth is as to what the dispute was about.”

Snyder said the shooting occurred “right at” the line separating Chaves County and Eddy County, but still within Chaves County.

Lt. Matt Hutchinson of the Eddy County Sheriff’s Department said their agency also responded to the call Wednesday as a mutual aid assistance for Chaves County.

“Our deputies responded just to assist them until they could come,” Hutchinson said. “We did do some investigatory work for them just because it might have been an incident that occurred (where) some people from Eddy County were involved.

“Chaves County handled the full investigation, Eddy County just assisted.”

“Detectives believe the shooting was the result of a workplace incident days prior,” Snyder said in a news release Wednesday afternoon.

The person of interest, Reyes, is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall and about 178 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Reyes was seen leaving the area in a blue truck with rims, the sheriff said.

Snyder asked anyone with information that could help detectives find Reyes to call the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office at 575-624-6500 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 888-594-8477.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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