Christian Chavez Avelar, a 40-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by police on Monday, Nov. 27, in the 2700 block of Illinois Avenue in South Gate, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The previous day, Avelar hit his live-in girlfriend with a handgun and ran away, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
The assault sent his girlfriend to the hospital, Mendoza said, and South Gate Police officers got a warrant for Avelar’s arrest. The following evening, the girlfriend returned home and called police, saying she thought Avelar was in the area.
Officers spotted Avelar sitting inside his parked truck around 7:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Illinois Avenue, a few blocks from his home, Mendoza said.
Footage of the standoff and shooting from ABC7 News shows that Avelar was parked next to the playground of Stanford Avenue Elementary ...
Will Alfredo Navarro-Leiva, a 40-year-old Latino, died Monday, Nov. 6, after he was stabbed in the 7300 block of Cloverlawn Drive in South Gate, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Navarro-Leiva was outside, in front of his home, at 5:50 p.m., when he got into an argument with his 16-year-old neighbor, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
“During the argument, the suspect approached him and stabbed him in the chest,” Mendoza said. “We think they’ve had problems in the past, and the argument escalated for some unknown reason.”
The weapon was described as a large knife, Mendoza said.
Navarro-Leiva was pronounced dead at the scene at 6 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The 16-year-old, a white male, was arrested and has been charged with murder in juvenile court, Mendoza said. His name is not being ...
Hugo Enrique Avila, a 39-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, July 24, in the 9200 block of California Avenue in South Gate, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
South Gate Police officers received a call about gunfire at 4:53 p.m. in a commercial building that houses a smog-check center, a gym and other businesses. When they arrived, police were directed to Avila’s office inside the building, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
Avila was found inside. He had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene at 5 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
No weapon was found in the office, and investigators don’t have a motive for the shooting or a description of the gunman, Mendoza said. They hope surveillance camera footage will provide leads.
“A lot of people were seen running from ...
Samuel Isaac-Jesus Jimenez, a 23-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Saturday, July 15, in the 9000 block of Long Beach Boulevard in South Gate, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Jimenez and an unnamed woman checked into the Oak Tree motel at 9010 Long Beach Blvd., in the early evening of July 15, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
The South Gate Police Department received a call at 7:06 p.m. about gunshots coming from Jimenez’s room, Mendoza said.
Before officers arrived, a woman was seen leaving the room and running north on Long Beach Boulevard, Mendoza said.
Jimenez was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:21 p.m., according to coroner’s records. Investigators said he had at least one gunshot wound to his upper body.
Officials are trying to find the woman, whom they consider a “person of ...
David Pacas, a 36-year-old Latino, died on Tuesday, June 20, after he was shot by South Gate police officers at California Avenue and Santa Ana Street in South Gate, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The incident began about 7 a.m., when a woman reported to the Los Angeles Police Department that her brown Honda Pilot had just been stolen at gunpoint, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
About 45 minutes later, South Gate Police officers spotted the stolen vehicle and tried to get the driver to pull over, according to the Sheriff's Department.
The driver, Pacas, refused to stop, said Lt. Rodney Moore, and the officers took chase, pursuing the Honda west on Santa Ana Street to California Avenue, where it collided with five occupied and unoccupied cars.
Pacas got out of the Honda, allegedly with ...