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Man charged in Thursday shooting death


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Police have arrested a suspect in an early Thursday shooting that left one man dead.

Tony Nacho Gonzales (Submitted Photo)

Tony Nacho Gonzales, 44, of Roswell, is suspected of shooting 29-year-old Jose Diaz once in the abdomen while at a 300 block of East Bonney Street location, according to a press release issued by the Roswell Police Department Friday. Diaz later died from his wounds.

Gonzales, who was also wanted on active warrants for failure to appear, was subsequently found Thursday at a 400 block of Cypress Street location, where he was arrested without incident.

According to the press release, Gonzales now faces one count each of first-degree murder; tampering with evidence; possession of controlled substances; felon in possession of a firearm; and trafficking cannabis without a license.

The Office of the District Attorney for New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District on Friday filed a motion to hold Gonzales without bond pending trial. A hearing on the motion has not yet been scheduled.

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Court records state that just before the shooting, Diaz was at a woman’s house, also located on Bonney Street, when he informed her he was going to Gonzales’ house. Court records state that Diaz was only gone a short time when the woman heard gunshots. She then saw Diaz coming back from where he had gone, holding his stomach.

He told her he had been shot. The woman drove him to Lovelace Hospital, where Diaz later died from his wounds. On the way to the hospital, court records state, Diaz told the woman that Gonzales had shot him.

When police later conducted a search warrant on Gonzales’ house, they reportedly discovered a syringe loaded with what was described as “fentanyl compound or methamphetamine” and 7.6 pounds of marijuana he was believed to have been trying to sell, and a tray of ground marijuana.

Police also allegedly found a 9mm handgun believed to have been used in the shooting, wrapped in a cloth and buried in the back yard.

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

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