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Two suspects surrender in Tuesday homicide


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Two men wanted on arrest warrants in connection with a Tuesday night shooting in Roswell that left one man dead, have surrendered to police.

Bobby Ray Gonzales, 19, and Ernest Joe Rivera IV, 16, both turned themselves in at the Roswell Police Department late Wednesday night, according to Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department.

Both men were subsequently taken into custody.

Arrest warrants had been obtained earlier in the day for Gonzales and Rivera, each wanted on one count of second-degree murder in connection with the death of Joe Paul Martinez, 40.

Police responded at about 10:20 p.m. in reference to a homicide in the 2000 block of North Mississippi Avenue, according to an affidavit filed Thursday in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

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The 9-1-1 calls included a woman who claimed her husband — later identified as Martinez — had been shot and was deceased, according to the affidavit. Two other callers reported a large fight and gunfire in the area.

When police arrived at the scene, they found a body — later identified as Martinez — laying in the middle of the street outside a residence owned by his wife, where Gonzales and Rivera also resided.

Martinez sustained three bullet wounds: one in the lower left abdomen, one in the top right shoulder and another in the top left shoulder, the affidavit stated.

An extended magazine from a 9 mm handgun that contained several live rounds of ammunition was also found at the scene. Some additional rounds were found in the street.

The affidavit states there was a physical confrontation between Martinez and the two men right before the shooting happened. Both Gonzales and Rivera are alleged to have fired shots at Martinez, according to a RPD press release issued Wednesday.

When investigators executed a search warrant on the house where Gonzales and Rivera lived, they discovered 9 mm and .40-caliber ammunition in a bedroom believed to belong to Gonzales.

One witness later told police she did not know where they went, but that they might have gone to Albuquerque where they had lived before moving to Roswell.

Tuesday night’s homicide is the sixth reported in Roswell this year, three of which have occurred in October.

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

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