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Roswell police arrest suspect in Friday shooting


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An 18-year-old local man was apprehended Friday afternoon shortly after a shooting that killed his roommate.

Chavis Lewis Thomas is charged with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and possession of a controlled substance, according to information released Saturday afternoon by Roswell Police Department spokesman Todd Wildermuth.

A news release issued by Wildermuth stated that Thomas is being held at the Chaves County Detention Center without bond, pending his arraignment in court.

The information from the city indicated that police were called about 3 p.m. Friday to a residence in the 700 block of East Bland Street where Thomas and the victim, 20-year-old Chadrick James, were living.

“Investigators learned the two men had started arguing inside the residence and then the argument continued outside. Thomas is alleged to have shot James once in the abdomen before walking away, heading west on Bland,” the news release stated.

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Medics transported James to a hospital, where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.

According to the news release, officers located Thomas walking in the 200 block of East Deming Street. A handgun believed to have been used to shoot James was found a couple of blocks away. A baggie with nearly an ounce of cocaine was found in Thomas’ pocket, according to the news release.

Thomas was in police custody while the Criminal Investigations Division of the Roswell Police continued its investigation. The news release stated he was arrested formally following the issuance of an arrest warrant early Saturday morning.

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