Mon. Feb 24th, 2020

Death being investigated as suspicious according to family member

CLOVIS (KSMX)- Family members of a man with a fatal gun shot wound Tuesday morning in Clovis say the matter is being investigated as suspicious.

The Eastern New Mexico News reported, Clovis police responded at 10:42 a.m. Tuesday to the 1100 block of North Prince Street and encountered a 26-year-old male with a gunshot wound. The man was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center where he died.

Family members identified him as Adam Vallejos-Landers, and said he was discovered in a storage shed outside of the house.

Police initially said the shooting did not appear to be a criminal matter and District Attorney Andrea Reeb said her office has not been notified of a possible homicide.

Elizabeth Holt, a sister of Vallejos-Landers, told The News on Thursday the incident initially looked like a suicide, but that police told her further investigation pointed away from that conclusion.

Police now suspect Vallejos-Landers did not kill himself because of the path of the bullet, the placement of the sawed-off shotgun in his hand and the lack of any blood splatter in the shed.