The Roswell Police Department arrested Eric Aldaz, 22, Saturday, after officers responded to a 911 call from a resident at 5 Briar Ridge around 6:45 p.m. According to the police, Aldaz was holding a woman at gunpoint.
The patrol officer sent to the scene observed the suspect leaving the area in his vehicle. Officers attempted to stop him and he fled southbound on Atkinson Avenue. A Chaves County Sheriff’s Deputy located the suspect and also tried to stop Aldaz.
Aldaz attempted to turn around and crashed into a building at the corner of Elm and East Second streets. The suspect ditched his vehicle on South Atkinson and ran on foot carrying what officials described as a long rifle.
When police arrived at the location to secure the area, Aldaz fired several rounds at the officers. He then entered a home on South Mulberry Avenue. RPD spokesman said the family managed to escape.
Aldaz reportedly barricaded himself inside the residence in an attempt to hold off the police. RPD’s SWAT was called out. Aldaz surrendered to the police around 7:45 p.m. without further incident.
He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a peace officer, two additional counts of aggravated assault with a fire arm, one count of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer; one count of aggravated burglary; one count of abandonment or abuse of a child since there were children inside the Mulberry-Street residence he chose to occupy.
Aldaz is being held at the Chaves County Detention Center, with a $1 million cash or surety bond.