Home invaders dressed in police gear, shot by homeowner

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Published on Dec 29, 2017
The two Silver City men shot during a home invasion robbery attempt earlier this week disguised themselves in camouflage, police said.

Silver City Police Capt. Ricky Villalobos said 48-year-old Eric Arzate died in the Tuesday shooting at 1000 Slag Road. The second suspect, 45-year-old John V. Shivner, is in stable condition after receiving gunshot wounds.

After police executed a search warrant, Villalobos said they discovered Arzate's body dressed in a vest with a badge and markings resembling a police officer. Arzate also had a helmet with the word "police" written on the front.

Police believe Arzate and Shivner were armed with handguns when they went inside the home and wanted to rob it. Both men were shot, and Arzate was killed.

Authorities charged Shivner with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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