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Jimmy Whitlock/Clovis PD

The Clovis Police Department is searching for a suspect believed to have killed a teen Sunday night.

Police are looking for 42-year-old Jimmy Whitlock of Clovis.

Clovis PD responded to apartments at 1100 Sycamore at 10:21 p.m. on Aug. 14 where 16-year-old Jessie Villanes-Lerma was found dead from an apparent gunshot to his neck.

A resident of the apartment told officers two armed men walked in to the residence. The resident struggled with the two when Lerma came out from another room to help. Whitlock allegedly shot Lerma and the two gunmen fled, according to a news release from the Clovis PD.

Officers reviewed the security video from inside the residence. The shooting is believed to have been tied to a drug deal.

Whitlock remains at large as of Monday morning. He has an active warrant for his arrest in connection to this shooting for murder, aggravated burglary, felon in possession of a firearm, child abuse, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and larceny of a firearm.

According to police, Lerma’s 11-month-old child was also inside the residence at the time of the shooting.

Anyone with information is encouraged to reach out to Clovis PD at 575-769-1921. Tips can also be submitted through the Clovis PD tip411 app, which can be accessed through www.police.cityofclovis.org. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to the Curry County Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.

Ellysa Harris

Muleshoe Journal

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