Suspect of Pecos homicides now identified

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Man and woman found dead at residence with single gunshot wounds

PECOS, Texas (BIG2/FOX24) – We now know the suspect responsible for shooting and killing two people in Pecos. Sheriff’s officials say, Arthur Ortiz Gallegos, has been unaccounted for since the incident Thursday night.

Gallegos is wanted for killing a man and a woman at his home on the 800 Block of South Mesquite Street. Pecos Police Department’s Chief of Police, Lisa Tarango, says dispatch received a 9-1-1 call around 8:04 Thursday evening. The caller asked for police and EMS assistance.

“Occupant to that resident had arrived home and found two people inside the home that had been shot,” explained Tarango.

She says both victims had single gunshot wounds. Suspect, Gallegos, was later found to be related to the caller, and he had a romantic relationship with the deceased woman.

“The person who called, he actually also resides at that residence,” said Tarango. “He was not at home whenever the incident did take place. The male occupant of the residence — that is not his residence. He was just there visiting. That is what we’ve understood. And the female, she did reside at the residence.”

Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Criminal Investigation team were all called to the scene. Officers have been working around the clock, “interviewing people that may have knowledge of what may have transpired. At this point, we’re still notifying people who are next of kin,” said Tarango.

Officials with the Department of Public Safety say Gallegos should be considered armed and dangerous. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 210 pounds. He has tattoos on his arms and neck, specifically the name “Rosa” under a rose on his neck. While the suspect has now been identified, officials say Gallegos is still on the loose, possibly, attempting to flee to Mexico.

The bodies of the two victims have been sent off to Lubbock for autopsy, and according to Tarango, more information on the victims are to be released Monday.

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