Steven Hernandez Rue Jr.
The Roswell Police Department found itself in a standoff situation Wednesday evening after an officer on patrol heard the sound of gunfire. The officer called for backup as he saw a subject run from a residence in the 100 block of North Lea Avenue.
Under questioning, officials discovered that the man running from the house was the victim.
Both detectives and officers responded and prepared for the worst. The police used the public address system to persuade the suspect to leave the residence.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, the victim was trying to collect items from the home because he was moving. The victim and his girlfriend went to the house the first time around 3 p.m. to retrieve four 13-inch rims with red spokes.
The victim then talked to a police officer to file a complaint and was told that this was a civil matter. The couple returned to the residence around 5 p.m.. The victim told officers that he was getting photos to post on Facebook when the suspect, Steven Hernandez Rue Jr. “fired one to two shots directly at him.”
Rue, 26, who was taken into police custody shortly after the incident, said he was frightened when he saw the man taking pictures of his house. Rue said he fired a single round into the ground. Then he “got scared and hid the gun.”
Officials found the weapon, a 45 caliber Hi-point, and ammunition concealed in a box of diaper wipes. Officers also located a single spent shell casing in the yard.
Rue has been charged with aggravated assault, negligent use of a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence. He is being held at Chaves County Detention Center on a $5,000 surety bond.
Record Staff Writer