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Man wanted for shooting at co-worker turns self in

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A man wanted on an arrest warrant for allegedly firing a shotgun at another man turned himself over to the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office Monday.

Ramon Trujillo Loya Jr. (Photo courtesy of RPD)

Ramon Trujillo Loya Jr., 40, of Roswell, walked into the Sheriff’s Office at 1 St. Mary’s Place Monday to turn himself in, according to Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department.

“An RPD officer was then called to … make the arrest for the RPD warrant,” Wildermuth said. An entry in the police log for Monday, Oct. 28 states the Department received a call from the Sheriff’s Office at 3:44 a.m.

Loya was added to the Department’s “Roswell’s Most Wanted” list last week, after a warrant was issued Oct. 15 for his arrest. He faces three criminal counts: one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of larceny of a firearm less than $2,500 and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

Court documents state that following his arrest, Loya made his first appearance in Chaves County Magistrate Court Monday.

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Bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety. A no contact order was also issued, forbidding Loya from having contact with the victim as part of his conditions of release.

The charges originate from an Oct. 15 incident reported at 2:30 a.m in the 300 block of Railroad Avenue.

At the time of the incident, Loya and two other men were working to paint the inside of a building when Loya took a 12-gauge shotgun that one of the other men kept for protection, aimed it at the owner of the firearm and fired off three or four shots, according to court documents.

No one was injured. Loya then left the scene with the weapon before police arrived, court documents state.

When questioned by police, the victim said the incident happened after he confronted Loya about a 50-inch television and television stand reported stolen from the business Oct. 14, while Loya was working.

Loya became angry when asked about the stolen TV, pushed down the victim’s head, reached over him and grabbed the shotgun that was behind the victim, according to documents.

The victim later explained to police that Loya aimed the gun at him and said “I will kill you.” The victim told police he then ducked, shortly before Loya fired off several rounds.

Loya then walked out of the business with the shotgun. The victim later told police he observed Loya walk north toward an alley before turning east, according to court documents.

A shotgun believed to be the same 12-gauge used by Loya was later discovered lying next to a fence in a field just northeast of the business where the incident happened.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.