By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers
A 39-year-old Clovis man is dead and police are searching for an armed suspect who fled the scene following a shooting around 1:40 p.m. Thursday.
Eladio Valdez Robledo died at Plains Regional Medical Center around 2 p.m., Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said.
An arrest warrant for Albert Ramirez, 18, on an open count of murder was obtained late Thursday afternoon, police said.
Police said they believe Ramirez shot and killed Robledo, his mother’s boyfriend, in the front yard of 512 West Sixth St.
Whitney said witnesses reported hearing the shots and saw Ramirez fleeing the scene.
It is not clear what led to the shooting, Whitney said.
“Ramirez is considered armed and dangerous. We do have officers out still looking for him in the area,” Whitney said on Thursday evening.
Ramirez’ mother, Debra Ramirez, was romantically involved with Robledo, Whitney said.
Albert Ramirez was known to spend time at the Sixth Street residence where his mother and her boyfriend lived though it is not clear if he lived there also, Whitney said.
Police believe there was discord within the family, Whitney said, explaining in recent months police responded to at least two domestic disturbances at the house.
Ramirez is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and about 150 pounds with black short-cut hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing only a pair of blue shorts. He fled north from the scene, Whitney said.
Whitney said the office of the medical examiner has been called to examine the body.
It is the second homicide in Clovis this year.
Evelyn Barela and Roy Valdez, lifetime Clovis residents, said they drove to the scene when they heard the shots being fired blocks from their home.
“That kind of worries me,” Barela said, looking toward the crime scene tape surrounding the small white house from the window of her car.
Barela said she has always lived in the neighborhood where the shooting occurred. She has family members and friends living nearby and was concerned for their safety.
She said she thinks the neighborhood and the community have become more dangerous over the years.
“Clovis is bad,” she said. “I remember we used to sleep with our doors open.”
Anyone with information about Albert Ramirez is asked to contact Curry County Crime Stoppers at 763-7000 or Clovis police at 763-9470 or 769-1921.