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Murder suspect arrested in Roswell


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The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office in concert with a Roswell Police Department SWAT team raided a house Saturday night to execute an outstanding warrant for a murder suspect.

Jose Miguel Ruiz

Jose Miguel Ruiz, 27, of Artesia, who was wanted in connection with an October murder, was arrested by law enforcement during a raid on a residence in the southwestern section of Roswell, Chaves County Sheriff Mike Herrington said Sunday in a post on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Court documents in Eddy County show the warrant was issued Thursday.

During the operation, Ruiz tried to flee the house through a rear door, but was soon caught by Chaves County Chief Deputy Charles Yslas and two other deputies, the post continued.

Ruiz was later booked at the Chaves County Detention Center, where he still resided as of Monday morning, according to the Detention Center’s population summary.

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No one was hurt during the operation.

The warrant states Ruiz was wanted on charges of first degree murder (depraved mind); possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon; shooting at or from a motor vehicle (great bodily harm); and shooting at a dwelling or occupied building.

Ruiz and two other men — Julio Ruiz, 24, and Michael Martin, 30, both of Artesia — allegedly opened fire on a pickup truck Oct. 27 in the area of North 4th Street and West Logan Avenue.

The shooting left one man dead and another was wounded.

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