Police identify suspect in shooting

The Daily Times staff
Rogelio "Dizzy" Esparza

FARMINGTON — Authorities have identified the man who allegedly shot an Aztec resident on Saturday morning, according to a press release from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 29-year-old Rogelio Esparza, of Farmington, who is facing charges for allegedly assaulting and shooting Raymond Shalley, 27, of Aztec. An earlier press release from the sheriff's office incorrectly stated Shalley was 23.

Esparza faces several charges, including armed robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated battery.

According to police, the shooting took place at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday at a residence on County Road 5482 in the Lee Acres area southwest of Bloomfield.

Shalley told deputies that a man he did not know approached him when he arrived at the residence and then shot him in the leg and battered him in the face, the release states. The suspect also demanded money, according to police.

Shalley was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center and was in stable condition Saturday night, according to the release.

Anyone with information about Esparza's whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office detectives tip line at 505-333-7878, San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477 or the San Juan County Communication Authority at 505-334-6622.