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Suspect jailed in Saturday officer-involved shooting

CLOVIS -- A Clovis man alleged to have exchanged gunfire with Clovis police on Saturday morning has been jailed. No one was injured in the incident.

Joey Gallegos, 49, was arrested and jailed immediately after the incident that started with reports of gunfire in downtown Clovis near 10th and Connelly streets and 14th and Mitchell streets, according to a news release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office.

About 8:37 a.m. Saturday, a Clovis police officer observed Gallegos, who appeared to be carrying a firearm, walking down an alley near 12th Street and Connelly heading south, according to the news release.

The officer attempted to make contact with Gallegos near 11th and Connelly, but he ran from the officer and reportedly fired at the officer, the release states. The officer fired back in response, the news release stated, then Gallegos was captured and taken into custody.

The district attorney’s news release did not identify the Clovis officer, and Clovis Police Lt. Robert Telles on Tuesday said the officer’s name was being withheld, pending the outcome of an investigation by the region’s Major Crimes Unit.

Gallegos was still incarcerated in the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Tuesday morning. Jail records show he is being held on warrants for aggravated burglary involving a deadly weapon, transferring stolen motor vehicles and failure to appear on a felony charge.

As of Tuesday morning, no charges had been filed against Gallegos related to the Saturday morning incident.

The MCU is a team of investigators from the District Attorney’s Office, Clovis Police Department, Portales Police Department, Curry, and Roosevelt counties, the news release stated.

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