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Man arrested after Monday standoff


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A man surrendered to police Monday night following an hours-long standoff during which he allegedly fired multiple shots while inside a southwest Roswell residence.

Jerry Steven Padilla

Jerry Steven Padilla, 46, of Roswell, surrendered to police Monday at 11:58 p.m., seven-and-a-half hours after police were called to the home in the 1500 block of South Kansas Avenue in reference to a domestic violence call, according to a press release from the Roswell Police Department.

Though most of the nearly 20 rounds Padilla allegedly fired may have stayed within the house, the release states at least one shot was fired through a window and toward a group of police officers. No officers were injured.

Documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court Tuesday state Padilla is charged with five counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, and one count each of aggravated assault upon a peace officer, false imprisonment, interference with communications and battery against a household member.

Padilla was also the subject of an active warrant in a separate case for an alleged aggravated assault on his daughter, and was arrested on those charges as well.

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He is now being held at the Chaves County Detention Center where bond has not been set. The District Attorney’s Office of the 5th Judicial District in Chaves County has filed a motion for the pretrial detention of Padilla.

A hearing on whether the 5th Judicial District Court will grant the motion is scheduled for Friday at the Chaves County Courthouse, according to electronic court records.

After Padilla was taken into custody, court documents state, SWAT team operators discovered 15 spent casings in a bathroom located in the house, along with additional ammunition and three handguns, including a black Taurus handgun. Padilla was concealing several vials of Trenbolone and multiple packets of Fentanyl.

A plastic bag containing an unknown substance was found in the toilet. The substance was packaged in a way similar to the way narcotics are packaged.

Police were called at about 4:15 p.m. to the 1500 block of South Kansas Avenue in response to a call from a woman who reported she was in a verbal argument with her ex-husband inside a bedroom where he became angry and pushed her down onto a bed with a closed fist pressed against her chest, documents state.

She then dropped her mobile phone after she fell on the ground and attempted to retrieve it, but Padilla prevented her from doing so. After several unsuccessful attempts, the woman escaped from the house and tried to go to a neighbor’s to call for help.

According to documents, Padilla then went from the residence to his 1999 Chevy pickup and placed her cellphone on the hood before retreating back into the residence and locking himself inside.

The woman then was able to reclaim her phone and call police.

Roswell police officers arrived on scene and ordered anyone inside the residence to come out, but no one did.

Police were informed by the woman that Padilla usually keeps his firearms inside a black backpack that she believed was either inside his pickup or inside the house, documents state.

At about 6:58 p.m. the Roswell Police Department SWAT team set up a perimeter around the house and officers several times called on Padilla to exit the residence, calls which he ignored. He later could be heard screaming inside the house.

On three occasions, documents state, police deployed tear gas into the house in unsuccessful attempts to force Padilla out of the residence. Each time after gas was deployed through windows, gunshots were heard coming from inside the residence.

SWAT operators attempted to breach the door so an additional resource could be utilized by the Eddy County SWAT team, who were preparing to provide a drone for assistance. Padilla surrendered to police a short time later and was taken into custody.

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