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Man arrested for fatal shooting


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A man has been charged in the Wednesday night shooting death of a Roswell resident.

Suspect Jesus Arreola
Jesus Arreola

Jesus Arreola, 35, was taken into custody shortly after the shooting at about 11:35 p.m. outside a residence in the 1100 block of South Kentucky Avenue, according to Roswell Police Department spokesman Todd Wildermuth.

Arreola, who is from Portales but has been living in Roswell recently, is charged with second-degree murder.

The victim, Johnny L. Fleming, 32, was found lying in the front yard of his residence on Kentucky Avenue, having suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported by medics to a local hospital where he later died, the police statement indicated.

Wildermuth indicated that Arreola was located shortly after the shooting, sitting alone in a car parked outside the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office on St. Mary’s Place, several blocks from where the incident occurred.

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Arreola, while remaining in the car, was on the phone with a dispatcher and then a Roswell Police sergeant as police and sheriff’s deputies were positioned nearby. Wildermuth stated that an officer could see that Arreola was holding a gun while inside the car.

After about 20 minutes, Arreola exited the car, leaving the gun inside, and surrendered without further incident.

He is being held at the Chaves County Detention Center without bond while awaiting arraignment.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.