A man who engaged several officers and sheriff’s deputies in a gunfight Saturday morning during a lengthy standoff was arrested on 15 counts of aggravated assault, according to the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office.
A Roswell police officer began chasing Joshua Perez, 20, in north Roswell sometime after 5 a.m., Saturday, after he reportedly fled from a traffic stop, according to reports.
Two Chaves County sheriff’s deputies joined the pursu it near the intersection of East Pine Lodge Road and North Red Bridge Road, said Lt. Britt Snyder.
The stolen truck Perez was driving possibly began to run out of gas and came to a stop as it passed over the train tracks on East Pine Lodge Road.
Perez, a felon, refused orders to get out of the truck, forcing a standoff with officers for nearly 45 minutes before he started shooting, Snyder said. Additional officers and the Roswell Police Department SWAT team had arrived by that time.
Perez apparently fired two to three shots at officers during a two- to three-hour exchange. Surrounding law enforcement answered with numerous rounds.
The truck Perez was driving was equipped with a flatbed with a rack, which caught the brunt of the gunfire.
“The truck was seriously shot up,” Snyder said.
A report is still pending on the confrontation.
Investigators were expected to search the truck Tuesday, following the issuance of a search warrant.
The owner reportedly had stored two guns inside before it was stolen but it is still unclear whether Perez used the weapons during the incident, Snyder said.
Perez was arrested on suspicion of 15 counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, being a felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated fleeing.
No one was injured by gunfire during the confrontation. Perez received a small injury to his hand, Snyder said.
Chaves County deputies arrested another person following a second shooting just after midnight Monday at Chisum Travel Center, 5500 N. Main St.
A group of customers who apparently knew each other met inside the store.
Upon leaving, two of them began arguing with the other two, Snyder said.
One member of the group began firing shots and hit a second person in the leg. The bullet traveled through the person’s leg. A second shot was fired and hit a second person’s shirt sleeve, Snyder said.
“They tried to shoot them both,” Snyder said.
The shooter was arrested. The incident was still under investigation Tuesday.