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One dead in Sunday night shooting in south Roswell

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Chaves County Sheriff’s Office searching for suspect

Christopher Smiley (Submitted Photo)

One man is dead and Chaves County sheriff’s deputies are seeking another man following a Sunday night shooting.

Sheriff Mike Herrington confirmed that 27-year-old Bret Austin Patrick of Roswell was shot multiple times in the neck and torso while outside the Allsup’s convenience store in the 1600 block of South Main Street.

Deputies responded to calls of a shooting at about 8 p.m. at the location, where they found Patrick.

Undersheriff Charles Yslas said deputies administered CPR on Patrick. He was subsequently transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

Christopher Smiley, 32, was identified by numerous witnesses as the shooter, according to Yslas.

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Smiley is believed to have fled the scene in a tan four-door sedan before deputies and officers with the Roswell Police Department arrived.

As of Monday afternoon, Yslas said, detectives with the Sheriff’s Office were working on obtaining a warrant for Smiley’s arrest. Smiley is described as a white male with neck tattoos that extend down from his chin.

After the shooting, a sedan believed to be the one Smiley was riding in was abandoned at milepost 4 on the Relief Route, in the southbound lane. Yslas said the vehicle’s motor had malfunctioned.

Deputies found footprints that went for a mile to the southwest, but they were unable to find Smiley.

Investigators have not yet determined a motive for the shooting, but Herrington said Smiley and Patrick were reportedly interacting with one another just before the shooting.

“We do know there was a confrontation, and then an altercation and he (Patrick) ended up being shot,” Herrington said.

People with information about the whereabouts of Smiley, or other information in the case, should contact the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office at 575-624-6500 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 575-624-7590.

Sunday’s shooting represents the fourth homicide the Sheriff’s office has dealt with since early April, an unusually high number for the Sheriff’s Office, Herrington said.

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