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Suspect in fatal shooting of brother arrested in traffic stop

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Alberto Ceballos

A local man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of his own brother was arrested Monday evening during a traffic stop.

Alberto Ceballos, 34, was the passenger in a car driven by a female, which was pulled over in the 1500 block of Old Dexter Highway at about 7:30 p.m., according to a press release from the Roswell Police Department.

Ceballos, who was wanted on charges of first-degree murder and felon in possession of a firearm, was taken into police custody without incident. According to the release, the female driver is not facing any criminal charges in relation to the case but was brought to the police station for questioning.

Investigators had identified the car Monday as a vehicle Ceballos might be in.

The Office of the District Attorney in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District on Tuesday filed a motion for the pretrial preventive detention of Ceballos, according to electronic court records. If the motion is approved by a judge during a hearing in District Court in Chaves County, Ceballos would remain detained pending trial.

Ceballos is suspected in the June 24 shooting death of his brother Omar Ceballos, 40, at a 200 block of South Atkinson Avenue residence.

Police were dispatched to the location at 2:10 a.m. after the mother of both the suspect and victim called to report her son had been shot. Omar Ceballos was declared dead after medics arrived at the house.

Court documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court state Omar Ceballos was found by police lying on his back on a couch in the living room. In all, Omar Ceballos sustained five gunshot wounds: one on the outer portion of his left arm below the elbow and four between his waistline and chest.

Police, hours after Omar Ceballos’ death, asked the public for help in locating Alberto Ceballos. The next day a warrant was obtained for his arrest.

Several individuals were at the house at the time of the shooting and said they heard gunshots from the living room. One person later told police she saw Alberto Ceballos run out the front door after the shots were fired and saw him holding a gun before he left.

Another recalled hearing Alberto Ceballos walk around the house either talking on the phone or to himself before the shooting.

Several people later questioned by police said Alberto Ceballos had been consuming alcohol before the shooting, but did not know if he had been using drugs.

Relatives, according to court documents, said Alberto Ceballos was often paranoid, believing he was being watched and that people were listening to him underneath a house where he was staying.

One individual who reported having talked to Alberto Ceballos the day before the shooting said he “did not seem to be in his right mind” and was going to take care of people who were hurting his mother, according to court documents.

Alberto Ceballos has a lengthy criminal record, according to electronic court records. He was out on conditions of release at the time of the shooting while awaiting trial on charges of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.

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