Suspect charged in death of Clovis 17-year-old


CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – A 21-year-old has been charged with the accidental shooting of a 17-year-old in Clovis. According to the Clovis Police Department, dispatch received two 911 calls back-to-back at 8:02 p.m. on Nov. 2 regarding a juvenile male who had a gunshot wound to his head.

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Officers arrived at the residence located on the 700 block of East Seventh Street and found a 17-year-old with a gunshot wound to his head inside the home. Authorities report the victim, identified as Malik Daniels was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

Police state that the residence belongs to 21-year-old Theodore Avalos, who was previously reported by authorities to be a person of interest. On Nov. 3, CPD states that Avalos turned himself in for questioning and reportedly told police he was drinking with friends the night of the shooting and had a gun.

According to a criminal complaint, Avalos thought the chamber of the gun was clear when he pointed it at Daniels’ head and pulled the trigger. He told police he thought he would hear a click and did not mean to shoot him.

In a press release, CPD reports that concluding the interview, a warrant was obtained and Avalos was placed under arrest for involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence, giving alcoholic beverages to a minor, and negligent use of a deadly weapon.

Avalos has since been booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center.

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