Published: 2:25 pm, Wed. Dec. 27th, 2017Updated: 2:25 pm
Roswell police were in the 3800 block of East Pine Lodge Road Tuesday attempting to serve a warrant on James Alan Berrones, 46, when he proceeded to fire gunshots at RPD SWAT team officers, who were also being assisted by Chaves County Sheriff’s Office deputies at the location northeast of the city. No law enforcement personnel were injured; Berrones was fatally shot.
The arrest warrant, as well as a search warrant, was being served around 9 a.m. Tuesday in relation to a domestic disturbance reported just before 2 a.m. that same day at the apartment of Berrones’ ex-girlfriend in the 1200 block of West McGaffey Street.
Berrones was alleged to have argued with his former girlfriend, then pointed a handgun at her, wrestled her to the ground, and struck her in the face with the gun, threatening to kill her if she called police. He eventually left the apartment, and RPD investigators subsequently obtained a warrant for aggravated battery against a household member, aggravated assault against a household member, battery upon a household member, intimidation of a witness, and felon in possession of a firearm.
They were attempting to serve that warrant Tuesday when Berrones refused to exit the large shed in which he was hiding. The standoff ended in gunfire.