Fight ends in police shooting

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – A Roswell man is in the hospital after a police shooting early Thursday morning.

Roswell police said they were called to 512 Redwood Street for a fight around 1 a.m.

“When the officers made entry things escalated, and during the course of that, one of the officers was forced to use his duty weapon,” said Roswell Police Commander Erick Brackeen.

Brackeen said officials heard a man and a woman yelling at one another. That’s when he says they went inside and an officer pulled his trigger and hit a man, 34.

Police aren’t saying what caused officers to shoot or how many shots were fired.

They do say the officer felt threatened.

“In a situation where another individual could put the officer or somebody else in immediate jeopardy of serious harm or death,” said Brackeen.

Neighbors told KRQE News 13 they’re shocked.

“Well this used to be a calm neighborhood until this happened, so I don’t even know what to think no more,” said Ivonne Chavez.

Chavez and her 1-year-old son live across the street from where the shooting happened.

“My baby’s just right here, so everything happened right in front of my baby’s room,” Chavez said. “It was pretty scary.”

Police said two officers have been put on paid leave. They’re not releasing their names or the suspect’s name.

The condition of the suspect is unknown. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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