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Roswell man arrested in Friday night deadly shooting

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Police have arrested and charged a Roswell man in connection with a Friday night shooting that left one man dead.

Joseph L. Vallejos

Joseph L. Vallejos, 27, was apprehended and charged Saturday with one count each of involuntary manslaughter; tampering with evidence; and firearms or destructive devices, receipt, transportation or possession by a felon, documents filed Monday in Chaves County Magistrate Court state.

Vallejos was taken into custody with his girlfriend when the 2011 Nissan they were driving was stopped by police near Fourth Street and North Montana Avenue.

The pair were located after they were seen leaving a 1300 block of Camino Real Street residence, which is listed as Vallejo’s address in court documents.

Vallejos is alleged to have shot 25-year-old Brandon Patterson shortly before midnight Friday inside an apartment at Rain Tree Apartments at 1200 W. McGaffey St.

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Patterson, who was shot once in the left chest area, was later transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center where he died from his wounds.

The resident of the apartment where the shooting happened later told investigators that she, Vallejos, Vallejos’ girlfriend, Patterson and another individual were in the apartment and consuming alcohol at the time.

Court documents state the resident of the apartment told police that before the shooting, Patterson was sitting on the couch in the living room and Vallejos, who had a gun in his hand, was sitting near him at the time.

The resident told police that she was standing in front of Patterson when she started wrestling and “play fighting” with Patterson, falling on top of him while Vallejos leaned backwards.

Vallejos allegedly said “stop or I will shoot,” according to court documents. A shot was then fired. According to court documents, the resident told the police that after the shot was fired, she ordered Vallejos to leave the apartment.

It was not until several moments later that she saw Patterson slumped over.

When she discovered he was bleeding, the resident then called 911.

After gathering information from witnesses at the scene, police identified the suspect as Vallejos.

Court documents state that when he was questioned by police, he denied having handled a handgun on the night of the shooting.

Police showed Vallejos a video from a social media post from Friday night that showed Vallejos holding a gun.

Vallejos then admitted to handling the gun, saying one of the women at the apartment handed it to him, according to court documents. He added that an argument ensued which he found himself in the middle of.

He said that he did not know what happened to the gun, court documents state.

Judge E.J. Fouratt released Vallejos on his own recognizance Monday, following a first appearance in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Some of Vallejos’ conditions of release include: obeying a no-contact order with any witnesses in the case, that he may not possess firearms or weapons, and is prohibited from traveling outside Chaves County or the state of New Mexico without permission of the court.

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