Mug of suspect in deadly shooting at an Upper Valley bar released by police


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    Police released the mug of the suspect accused of shooting a person who died at an Upper Valley bar.

    It happened at Flip's Neighborhood Bar at 1071 Country Club Road late Sunday night.

    Police said they received a "shots fired" call at 10:46 p.m.

    The Crimes Against Persons investigators said after a fight broke out between Josue Rojas Jr., Ruben Ramirez, and Emmanuel Calderon, Flip’s manager, Bryan Melendez, escorted Rojas out of the bar.

    Mugshot of Josue Rojas Jr. (Source: El Paso Police Department)


    That’s when Rojas pulled out a gun and fired at the other men, according to police.

    Ramirez died from his injuries. Calderon and Melendez are recovering in the hospital.

    Police said Rojas fled the scene but then turned himself in to police on Monday.

    Rojas is facing two counts of aggravated assault. Additional charges are pending.

    Rojas was booked into the El Paso County Jail and is being held on a $60,000 bond.

    The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is investigating.

    “We have opened an aggravated breach investigation and are working with the police department to look into the facts and circumstances of the incident,” said Major Paul Parent.

    Neighbors say this is not something they expected to see in their area.

    “I’ve been living here for four months and I never expected to have these kind of troubles so close to my house,” said Daniel Flores.

    “I’ve lived here my whole life. The worst thing that happens around here is people taking dogs. Not someone killing someone with a gun,” Isabelle Rivera said, an Upper Valley resident.

    They say the area is safe and this is the first major incident they have heard of.

    “It’s never happened around here. It’s a safe area and I’ve never experienced any of it. There have never been any problems.,” said Elliot.

    “I’ve always thought of this as the safest place ever. As sad as it sounds I’ll be more cautious when I come here,” Rivera said.

    A Flips manager tells CBS4 the bar will continue to remain open with its normal hours. He says, he along with his employees are still unsure why the fight started.

    This is a developing story. We will update this article as information becomes available.

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