David Baca, 34, who was listed as a person of interest in the Roswell explosives case, was apprehended near Odessa, Texas, on Friday, following a shootout with authorities. Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms spokes-man Sgt. Ra-phael Martinez confirmed that Baca was arrested by the Texas Department of Public Safety and Ector County Sheriff’s Department. Baca and another unnamed person from Roswell became involved in an exchange of gunfire after stealing a vehicle.
The Ector County Sheriff’s Department reported that two people were injured during the gun fight and said the case had been turned over to the Texas Rangers. Martinez said the ATF has issued a warrant for Baca’s arrest in connection with the explosives case.
Baca became a person of interest after explosive devices were found in the 3000 block of Encanto Drive, Tuesday, when members of the New Mexico State Police, the ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation where called in to search the residence.
The search resulted as Roswell Police detectives were following leads from a shooting that occurred a little before midnight the previous night in the 300 block of Oakwood. Police were called to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center to talk to a man who had been shot multiple times. The victim reportedly went to a residence on Oakwood to collect money owed on a debt. The resident pulled a gun on him and shot him.
During the search on Encanto Drive, Tuesday, neighbors were evacuated and the area from Delicado to Futura and Encanto to Vista Parkway was blocked for nearly two days.
In a release issued on Oct. 24, it was revealed that the NMSP Bomb Squad discovered multiple commercially manufactured explosives, some commercially manufactured fireworks, two improvised explosive devices, along with components and other materials to manufacture explosive devices.