Release Date: 12/15/2009

Media Release - Incident Type: Homicide - Clovis Man Shot In Head In Apartment In 1400 Block Of West 10th Street In Clovis - Suspect Arrested 

On Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at approximately 8:54 AM Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to the 1400 Block of West 10th Street in Clovis in reference to a possible gunshot victim. Upon the Officers arrival a victim was found lying on the floor of the apartment located at 1408 W. 10th Street with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. The victim appeared to have been deceased for several hours. The victim was positively identified as 48-year-old Gary Gill of Clovis. The victim’s family was notified of his death prior to his name being released. The body of Mr. Gary Gill was transported to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, New Mexico for autopsy due to the manner of death.

The Major Crimes Unit consisting of the Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff Office, Roosevelt County Sheriff Office and the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, was immediately activated to conduct the homicide investigation along with assistance from the New Mexico State Police Criminal Division.

The investigation quickly led to the identification of the murder suspect identified as 37-year-old Lonzell Wiggins Jr. of Clovis. Lonzell Wiggins Jr. was located at a residence in Clovis and brought to the Clovis Police Department for questioning. Lonzell Wiggins Jr. has been arrested and charged with an Open Count of Murder, Felon In Possession of a Firearm and Felony Tampering With Evidence in connection with the Murder of Mr. Gary Gill. Lonzell Wiggins Jr. was transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center for booking. Motive for the shooting is under investigation at this time.

More information in this investigation will be released at a later date as it becomes available.