Police arrested a man March 29 for allegedly firing multiple gunshots from his vehicle and then leading law enforcement on a pursuit.
Isaiah Gonzales, 20, of Roswell, was taken into custody by police in the 2000 block of West Second Street, according to documents filed March 30 in Chaves County Magistrate Court. He is charged with one count each of shooting at or from a motor vehicle, reckless driving, tampering with evidence and littering.
A Roswell police officer was dispatched March 29 at 2 p.m. to an area near the intersection of North Kansas Avenue and West 13th Street. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with a woman who said she observed a green Honda Accord turn onto North Kansas Street. The Honda then proceeded south, when she heard 10 gunshots near 10th and 13th streets.
Two rounds, a .45 caliber identified by the woman, and a 9 mm shell casing were later found in the area, according to the statement. The officer also observed footage from a doorbell camera on a nearby house, in which the officer reported hearing 13 shots followed 15 seconds later by another four shots. A green Honda was then seen heading north before turning onto West 13th Street.
Later, the officer was heading west on 10th Street and north on Union Avenue when he spotted a green Honda matching the description of the one reported in connection with the shooting, as it turned north on Union Avenue and headed west on College Street.
The officer, who was traveling in the opposite direction, then made a U-turn, while the Honda continued south on Union Avenue and turned east onto 11th Street. According to court documents, the officer followed the Honda through the streets with the sirens on his unit activated.
The Honda turned north on Washington Avenue and east on 13th Street, where Gonzales, later identified as the driver, allegedly drove through the stop sign at 13th Street and Union Avenue. Court documents state Gonzales was allegedly driving recklessly, with disregard for the safety of other people and vehicles.
Continuing along 13th Street, Gonzales then turned south on North Ohio Avenue, where he allegedly ran another stop sign and turned onto West Stone Street. Gonzales proceeded down West Stone Street and reached North Montana Avenue traveling south, then turned west on Eighth Street.
At one point during the pursuit on Eighth Street, police observed a white plastic baggie thrown out of the vehicle, court documents state. Gonzales then turned onto North Sycamore Street running a stop sign and continuing to travel south.
Police units were stationed at the intersection of Second Street and North Sycamore Avenue to stop traffic. Gonzales then turned west onto Second Street, slowing down before pulling into a nearby parking lot.
Gonzales was seen in the driver’s seat with his hands on the steering wheel. At the instruction of officers, he then exited the Honda and was placed under arrest. Police found a plastic baggie allegedly containing marijuana on Gonzales and a High Point firearm on the floorboard of the Honda’s passenger side. Two .45 caliber casings were also discovered on the exterior of the Honda near the windshield wipers.
When questioned by police, court documents state Gonzales claimed he had fired a gun in self-defense. He said that he was driving down 12th Street when a cousin of his, who he alleged had been threatening him, pulled a gun and began following him in a brown Honda.
Gonzales told police he pulled into an alley between 12th and 13th streets, where his cousin shot at him. He said he returned fire in self-defense.
Gonzales was later released on his own recognizance following an initial appearance March 30 in Magistrate Court. Electronic court records state a preliminary examination in Magistrate Court is scheduled for April 10.
When asked what was in the baggie that was thrown out of the car during the pursuit, Gonzales said, “I don’t know, probably weed.” He later allegedly admitted the bag contained methamphetamine.
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