Involuntary manslaughter arrest in Clovis teen’s death

November 5, 2021 GMT

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A 21-year-old New Mexico man has been arrested for suspicion of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a teenager at the suspect’s residence in Clovis.

Police say Theodore Avalos of Clovis turned himself in for questioning on Wednesday after they opened a homicide investigation into the shooting of a 17-year-old male the day before. The juvenile victim was taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the head and later died from his injuries.

In addition to involuntary manslaughter, Avalos was booked into the Curry County jail on suspicion of tampering with evidence, two counts of giving alcoholic beverages to a minor and two counts of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

It’s not clear if he has an attorney or will be appointed one at a pending court appearance.