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By Grant McGee
The Staff of The News 

Police release details in shooting


Last updated 7/30/2022 at 1:08pm

 A trail of bullet casings down Connelly Street suggests Victor Davila was being chased by someone shooting at him and that he may have been returning fire before his GMC truck rammed into a house after a bullet hit him in the head.

Details of circumstances around the July 9 early morning shooting death of Friona’s Davila, 22, are recorded in arrest affidavits connected to the case that were made public last week.

The court records help tell the story of what happened between Davila and the juvenile suspect arrested for the slaying.

One shows the GMC pickup being driven by Davila was being chased by a Dodge SUV.   Clovis police Sgt. Antonio Bosque said he was told occupants of the two vehicles were “chasing and shooting” at each other as they drove south on Connelly.

In another report, Clovis Det. Ricky Smith wrote investigators found “a mixture of 9mm and .40 caliber shell casings in the roadway starting at around 1012 Connelly down to 813 Connelly.”

Police have said Davila was shot in the head.

Smith wrote that security video was recovered from a home in the 1000 block of Connelly.

In the video, Davila’s black GMC pickup is seen facing south with its headlights on. A northbound Dodge truck is seen pulling up to the scene directly in front of Davila’s pickup.

 A woman is seen getting out of the driver’s side of the Dodge and apparently goes to talk to the occupant of the GMC, records show. There is also some action around the passenger side door of the GMC but police said it was dark on that side of the vehicle and was hard to tell if someone was getting in or getting out.

The security video shows Davila’s GMC backing up, then heading south on Connelly. The woman who had gotten out of the Dodge is seen pointing at the GMC and waving her arms.

Smith reports in his affidavit another witness said she had been on the front porch of her house in the 1000 block of Connelly and watched as a man she had never seen before got out of the Dodge with a firearm, walked out to the middle of Connelly Street and began firing his weapon in the direction of the GMC. The witness told police she believed the driver of the GMC was firing a weapon also.

“We do believe there were two different shooters that shot at Davila during the course of this incident,” Clovis police Lt. Trevor Thron said last week.

Thron said the juvenile charged in the shooting was arrested July 9 on an outstanding warrant for a previous charge.

Thron said evidence points to the unnamed juvenile as being the suspect in the shooting and killing of Davila as well as shooting the rounds that wounded the two women in the house at 921 Connelly.

As to whether the juvenile will be charged as an adult is “something the DA’s office would have to file,” Thron said.

Two people arrested after the shooting -- Alexis Edwards, 21, and Andrew A. Robles, 37 – were discovered to be felons in possession of stolen firearms, police said. They were arrested after police canvassed the neighborhood looking for witnesses. Neither is a suspect in the shooting of Davila.


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