Shooting suspect leads Clovis police on high-speed chase before arrest
CLOVIS, N.M. (KVII) —
Clovis police have arrested a man they believe to be connected to a shooting that occurred last month.
According to the Clovis Police Department, on Oct. 26 at about 2:35 p.m., officers responded to the Plains Regional Medical Center for a victim with a gunshot wound to the neck. After arriving, the 55-year-old male victim was found unconscious and was being tended to by emergency medical personnel for life-threatening injuries. He was eventually transported to a hospital in the Lubbock area.
Clovis PD Special Operations Unit Detectives found the crime scene and began their investigation.
Detectives were able to interview the victim on Tuesday. During the interview, the victim identified the person who shot him as Ruben Lopez, 24.
Later Tuesday night, at about 7:15 p.m., police encountered Lopez in a convenience store parking lot in the area of 7th and Hull Streets. As officers approached, Lopez took off on his moped and fled the area, crossing several lanes of traffic.
Lopez continued leading police on a chase through Grand and Mitchell Streets before crashing into a vehicle that had the right-of-way. He was then taken to Plains Regional Medical Center for his injuries.
After being released from the hospital, Lopez was taken into custody for multiple arrest warrants not related to the shooting.
On Wednesday, police served Lopez with an arrest warrant in reference to the shooting. He was booked in the Curry County Adult Detention Center under charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and four counts of conspiracy.
The Clovis Police Department continues to investigate the incident, as multiple people were involved.