Hobbs man, 52, killed in Tatum shooting

Posted at: 02/25/2013 2:10 PM
By: KOB.com staff

Lea County Sheriff deputies and Lovington Police say a Hobbs man was shot and killed Sunday alongside Tatum Highway.

Authorities said David Rogers, 52, was killed by a single gunshot to the head. Police responding to a call found him, along with several other people, inside a truck at 3615 Tatum Highway.

Rogers was taken to the hospital, where he died.

One of the men, Woodrow Dunn, Sr. of Tatum told deputies that he had made arrangements with Rogers to pick up his son, Woodrow Dunn, Jr. of Tatum, back into town from a job site in the oilfield.

The two had agreed to meet along the roadside on the Tatum Highway.

According to Dunn Sr., Rogers had told him Dunn, Jr was acting odd. Dunn Sr. told investigators he walked Dunn Jr. to his pickup and then returned to Rogers' vehicle to collect some work clothes.

As Rogers and Dunn Sr. were talking, he heard a loud bang and realized Rogers had been shot. He turned back to his own vehicle and saw Dunn J.r holding a weapon that was kept in Dunn Sr.'s pickup.

Dunn Sr. ran to the pickup and took the gun away and called law enforcement.

Another witness at the scene, identified as Jeremy Stane, 34, of Hobbs, provided similar information, saying he had been seated in the rear passenger seat of Roger's truck when Rogers was shot.

Woodrow K. Dunn Jr. has been arrested on one count of first degree murder and was booked into the Lea County Detention Center, where he remains a $1,000,000 cash bond.

The investigation is continuing.