UPDATE: Man arrested after Hemet feud leads to fatal shooting
UPDATE: 07/22/2016 9:30 a.m. With arrest and booking information
During a thorough investigation, Hemet Police Department detectives developed information and leads identifying a Hemet resident in the shooting death of Christopher Maynard, 35, of Hemet. Coroner officials had previously released that Maynard was fatally wounded Tuesday, July 19 after he was shot once in the abdomen.
Hemet Police officials located and arrested Joseph Wright, 43, of Hemet, in the 3000 block of West Florida Avenue on Wednesday, July 20, at about 4:40 p.m.
The deadly shooting occurred in the 1300 block of Alabaster Avenue in Hemet around midnight. Maynard was pronounced dead about two hours later at the Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley.
A jail record search and information from the Hemet Police Department indicated Wright was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility on suspicion of murder with malice, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, and making terrorist threats.
He is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Southwest Justice Center July 22.
Renee Maynard, the victim’s mother, said Maynard was family man for 19 years and left behind a wife and five children, including three sons and two daughters.
UPDATE: 07/21/2016 1:30 a.m. With Coroner’s release of information
Coroner’s officials have identified the victim of Tuesday’s fatal shooting as Christopher Maynard, 35, of Hemet. The coroner’s report indicated Maynard was shot at about 11:58 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley at about 2 a.m.
The coroner’s report stated Maynard was shot in front of a residence in the 1300 block of Alabaster Avenue in Hemet.
“This investigation is ongoing and it appears that the attack was not random and the suspect (was) known to the victim,” Hemet Police Lieutenant Davis wrote in a press release after the fatal shooting.
The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Hemet Police officials at (951) 765-2400. Callers can remain anonymous.
HEMET – Hemet Police officers and citizens alike are reeling from a second homicide committed in the city within a 24 hour period. The first homicide involved a hit and run that left a 17-year-old juvenile dead. The second incident involved a man who was shot to death in the 1300 block of Alabaster Avenue. A third homicide was committed within the same 24 hour period in the Valle Vista area.
The Hemet Police Dispatch Center began receiving 911 calls regarding shots fired in the neighborhood Tuesday, July 19, at about 2:00 a.m. The neighborhood where the shooting happened is located east of Warran Road and south of W. Esplanade Avenue. The location where the victim was shot is just one block from Stoney Mountain Park.
Multiple 911 callers told dispatchers there were two subjects involved in an altercation outside a residence and that they then heard several shots fired.
Hemet Police officers, Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies, California Highway Patrol officers and other emergency first responders rushed to the location of the fatal shooting and located a 35-year-old male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen. Officers provided medical aid to the victim until paramedics arrived.
Paramedics transported the victim to a local area hospital. In spite of their efforts, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by hospital staff.
The victim’s identity has not been released by officials, pending notification of his family.
Officers and deputies conducted a thorough search for the suspect with assistance from Riverside County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit. The alleged suspect was described as a black male adult, about 250 pounds, 5’7″, and wearing a white or gray hoodie and jeans. Officials were not able to locate the man involved in the shooting. Officers later determined he left the Hemet area immediately after the deadly shooting.
“This investigation is ongoing and it appears that the attack was not random and the suspect (was) known to the victim,” Hemet Police Lieutenant Davis wrote in a press release. “Due to the fact that the investigation is still active and ongoing, no further information will be released at this time.”
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Hemet Police officials at (951) 765-2400. Callers can remain anonymous.
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