By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer
A homicide suspect arrested Tuesday and the Clovis man he is charged with killing last week exchanged gunfire, according to court records.
Tony Martinez, 51, was arrested early Tuesday morning at a Lamesa, Texas, hotel, according to Clovis police.
He is charged with shooting and killing Hugo Ochoa, 32, of Clovis on May 31.
A witness told police he saw a person matching Tony Martinez’ description and Ochoa exchanging gunfire, court records showed.
Police discovered a 9 mm pistol in a home at 401 Rencher St. belonging to Javier Martinez, Tony’s cousin, the arrest warrant said. Police also found six shell casings from a 9 mm near the front of the home and on the porch, the warrant said.
Additionally, police found a black, semi-automatic handgun and a spent shell casing in the yard of the residence where Ochoa was shot, the report said.
A female in the house at 410 Rencher said she heard four gunshots. When she looked through the window, she told police she saw Ochoa slump over and run around the house. She said she went outside and stayed with him while he died.
When police arrived, they found Ochoa sitting against the north side of the home, according to court records.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The female witness told police Ochoa and Tony Martinez had a run-in two days before the shooting and Martinez had pointed a gun at Ochoa.
Javier Martinez said he discovered bullet holes in the front wall and door of his home, leading him to believe there was an exchange of gunfire that day.
His cousin got along with Ochoa, Javier Martinez said in an interview last week.
“I didn’t have no problem with Hugo and them. There’s no telling what happened. There’s a lot of people around this neighborhood. I don’t think it’s dangerous. To us it’s just everyday life,” Javier Martinez said of the neighborhood where he has lived his entire life.
Ochoa’s mother, Silvia Ochoa, said via e-mail the lives of her family will never be the same. She looks to God for justice and said she would not wish her pain on anyone.
“All that is left is a mother without her son, daughters without their brother, sons without their father.”