Uncle Arrested for Shooting & Killing Nephew Saturday in Hobbs

HOBBS, NM (NEWS RELEASE) - A Hobbs man is dead after a family dispute in the 200 block of E. Aspen in Hobbs, New Mexico. On Saturday, December 3, 2016, at approximately 2:39 PM, the Hobbs Police Department responded to a home in reference to a person being shot. Upon arrival of officers, they located Zachariah Fields, age 31, inside the residence suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Hobbs Fire Department EMS responded; however, Fields died as a result of his injuries while on the scene.

The victim’s uncle, Michael Johnson, age 49 of Hobbs, was detained as a result of the investigation. Johnson was subsequently arrested for 2nd Degree Murder and is being held at the Hobbs City Jail on $50,000 cash or surety bond. Fields will be taken to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, New Mexico for an autopsy.

Officers are not looking for any additional suspects. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Hobbs Police Department at (575) 397-9265 or Lea County Crime Stoppers at (575) 393-8005.

(News release from the Hobbs Police Department)

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