A man faces criminal charges after allegedly shooting at a house while falsely claiming to be a Roswell police officer.
Nathan Bartlett, 25, of Roswell, allegedly tried breaking into a house in the 1300 block of South Missouri Avenue Monday night, according to documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court.
Bartlett is charged with one count each of shooting at a dwelling; child abuse; attempt to commit aggravated burglary; aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; and tampering with evidence.
Electronic court records state Bartlett is currently being held without bond at the Chaves County Detention Center.
A woman who lives at the residence told police she was awakened by the sound of glass breaking, and saw light from a flashlight pouring in through a broken window near the house’s front door.
She said the man outside — dressed in black and wearing a skeleton mask — aimed a gun at her through the broken window and said, “RPD, open the door.” The woman’s 13-year-old daughter was also in the room and got on the ground as ordered.
The woman later told police that she thought the man who yelled at her was Bartlett, her former trainer, but could not be certain. Another one of the woman’s daughters later told police that she was “95% sure” that the voice shouting at her mother was that of Bartlett, court documents state.
Police later that night were called to the area in reference to reports of additional gunfire when they spotted two individuals dressed in black running south on South Lea Street from Wildy Street.
Both individuals allegedly ignored orders from the officers to stop, and a foot chase ensued.
Officers later found Bartlett hiding behind some drywall outside an abandoned house in the 1400 block of South Lea Avenue and he was subsequently placed under arrest, court documents state.
When he was found, he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a skeleton on the back of it. A silver revolver was also found at the scene.
Court documents state Bartlett denied trying to break into the house or that he would try to hurt the woman. He told police he had been in the area when he got into a confrontation with “some of his enemies.” He then took off running after some of those individuals shot at him.
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