A San Jacinto man was charged with murder and other counts Tuesday, Aug. 31, in the November killing of a man in the San Jacinto area, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.
The department said in a statement the suspect in the killing of Gabriel Sanchez, 31, is Juan Perez, 29. Sanchez was fatally injured outside a mobile home in an unincorporated area in the 21100 block of State Street around 8:08 a.m., Nov. 6, 2020.
City News Service, quoting sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez, reported that during a dispute Perez is suspected of pulling a handgun and shooting Sanchez.
Further information on the dispute was not immediately released. At the time of the shooting, deputies were called to a report of a man down and found Sanchez was suffering from obvious trauma. Emergency medical aid was provided, but Sanchez did not survive.
Perez was already in custody at the Cois Byrd Detention Center, officials said. He had been previously arrested in an unrelated car pursuit that ended in Hemet with four people injured in February.
He remained jailed Tuesday in lieu of $1 million bail. Perez was also charged with discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Anyone with information regarding the incident was encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Alfaro at (760) 393-3528 or Hemet Station Investigator Lee at (951) 791-3400.