A Roswell man was sentenced Monday in Fifth District Court to serve six months in the Chaves County Detention Center after he discharged a weapon and then punched a Roswell Police officer in the face.
Judge Dustin Hunter sentenced Edward Lucero, 50, on one charge of battery upon a peace officer and one count of negligent use of a deadly weapon. Lucero pleaded guilty to the charges.
Lucero was sentenced to 18 months in prison, with one year of the sentence suspended. He will serve six months in prison followed by one year of probation. A 182-day sentence on a charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon was also suspended, and he will serve five months and 30 days on supervised probation.
Lucero was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol screening and take part in an anger management course.
A third charge of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer had been dismissed by the prosecution, according to court documents.
The charges stem from an April 4, 2018 incident, according to an affidavit. At 7:46 p.m. that evening, two officers were dispatched to a 600 block South Delaware Avenue residence in reference to a shots fired call. The caller reported that about six or seven shots were fired.
Officers made contact with a man later identified as Lucero, who denied that any shots were fired. He told the officers that his family were avid shooters and that the shell casings on the ground at the scene were there because they must have been knocked off of his vehicle, according to the affidavit.
A loud noise that sounded like a firework went off and Lucero became irate and started complaining about the poor response time by police when he calls 911. Lucero added that he had been unloading a grill from his truck and maybe that was the noise neighbors had reported hearing.
Both officers then went and questioned two other neighbors who reported hearing gun fire that had come from Lucero’s residence. The officers then returned to the address Lucero was at, according to the affidavit.
Lucero was already angry when the officers returned. Lucero kept yelling at his son to go back into the house but officers did not want him to because of a comment made about the family being avid shooters and that it was probable guns were in the house, according to the affidavit.
While Lucero was yelling at his son to go back inside, he stepped in front of one of the officers. The officer then grabbed Edward’s hand and told him that he was under arrest, according to the affidavit. He then punched the officer in the face.
An altercation ensued when Lucero continued and the assaulted officer punched Lucero in the side of the face in an attempt to gain control and end the fight, according to the affidavit. Lucero was then turned over onto his stomach and handcuffed.
The affidavit states that Lucero later admitted that he punched the officer.
“I’m not going to lie. I did hit him, I struck first,” Lucero said in the affidavit.
A search warrant was obtained, and a handgun was later found in a pull-behind trailer connected to a pickup truck that Lucero’s family said he drives. Spent shell casings were also found by officers near the pickup.
When asked by officers about the spent casings and the gun, Lucero later admitted to police officers that he did fire some shots into the ground, according to the affidavit.
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