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Shooting suspect found, arrested in Lincoln County

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A suspect wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting last month that left one man injured has been found and arrested in Lincoln County.

Alfonso Rodriguez (Submitted Photo)

The Roswell Police Department stated in a press release late Friday that 22-year-old Alfonso Rodriguez of Roswell was taken into custody on an active arrest warrant Tuesday by Lincoln County deputies.

Deputies found Rodriguez at a residence in San Patricio, 50 miles west of Roswell, while conducting surveillance on the house based on information that Rodriguez might be staying there.

“Rodriguez initially refused to exit the residence when deputies called for him to come out, but eventually did exit the residence, along with a female who had been inside. Rodriguez was arrested without further incident,” the release states.

Detectives with the RPD were contacted and later went to San Patricio, where they executed search warrants related to the case, according to the press release.

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Court records state that Rodriguez faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, as well as one count each of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and shooting at or from a motor vehicle.

Charges stem from an Aug. 23 incident that started about 4:30 p.m. According to the press release, Rodriguez allegedly shot a 25-year-old man while seated in the passenger seat of a vehicle outside a residence in the 300 block of South Beech Avenue.

Both Rodriguez and the victim were in an argument that led up to the shooting, which ended with Rodriguez allegedly firing multiple rounds. One of the rounds struck the victim in his right leg, while bullets also hit each arm.

Additional rounds were fired that went into a nearby area where two other people were at time, but they were not hit, according to the press release. The victim was subsequently transported to a hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Immediately following the shooting, the vehicle from which the shots were fired left the scene with Rodriguez still inside, according to police.

As of Friday morning, the release states, Rodriguez was still detained at the Lincoln County Detention Center in Carrizozo.

Electronic court filings state Rodriguez made a first appearance in Chaves County Magistrate Court Wednesday, where Judge K.C Rogers set bond at $20,000 cash or surety.

Court records state that Rodriguez in the past has been charged in two other cases. In December 2020 he was charged with three counts each of aggravated assault, deadly weapon; child abuse, neglect; conspiracy to commit child abuse, neglect; as well as two counts each of shooting at or from a motor vehicle and conspiracy to shoot at or from a motor vehicle. He also faced one count of criminal damage to property, over $1,000.

In September 2020, he also was charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in another case.

According to court documents, the charges in each of those cases were dismissed “without prejudice,” meaning the cases can be brought back to court at a later date.

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

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