Hear­ing is de­layed for man charged in shoot­ing at canal

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY JAMES GIL­BERT @YSJAMESGILBERT James Gil­bert can be reached at jgilbert@yu­masun.com or 539-6854.

Wed­nes­day’s hear­ing in Yuma County Su­pe­rior Court for a man charged in con­nec­tion to a shoot­ing that left one per­son with mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds was post­poned. The ac­tion was taken to give the de­fense, and pros­e­cu­tion, more time to try and re­solve the case with­out hav­ing to go to trial.

In ask­ing for a con­tin­u­ance, at­tor­ney Jerry Her­nan­dez in­formed the court dur­ing a brief hear­ing that the pros­e­cu­tion has of­fered his client a plea agree­ment, but he made a coun­terof­fer.

He went on to say that the pros­e­cu­tion needs time to re­view his coun­terof­fer and, if it is ac­cepted, it would have to go through the vic­tim no­ti­fi­ca­tion process. After that, he would need time to meet with his client and re­view the changes with him.

Her­nan­dez rep­re­sents Ga­trick Salas-Fer­nan­dez, who has been charged with at­tempted first-de­gree mur­der, dis­charg­ing a firearm at a non-res­i­den­tial struc­ture, and ag­gra­vated as­sault with in­tent to cause se­ri­ous phys­i­cal in­jury.

Salas-Fer­nan­dez has also been charged with two counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault with a deadly weapon per do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. He re­mains in cus­tody at Yuma County jail on $500,000 bond.

Su­pe­rior Court Judge Bran­don Kin­sey, who is pre­sid­ing over the case, granted Her­nan­dez’s re­quest for a con­tin­u­ance and resched­uled the next hear­ing for 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 5 for a change of plea or trial set­ting.

Ac­cord­ing to the Yuma County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, at about 6:10 p.m. on June 7, deputies re­sponded to the area of the West Main Canal and River­side Drive to in­ves­ti­gate a shoot­ing.

Three friends had been fish­ing to­gether on the West Main Canal, when they ob­served a gray Jeep Chero­kee driv­ing in their di­rec­tion. Once there, Salas-Fer­nan­dez al­legedly got out of the Jeep and fired mul­ti­ple rounds at them be­fore flee­ing in the Jeep to­ward the Dono­van Es­tates area.

Deputies later lo­cated the Jeep a short time later in the 8400 block of Yava­pai Lane. The YCSO’s Spe­cial Re­sponse Team and the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau, with the as­sis­tance of the Yuma Po­lice De­part­ment’s Spe­cial En­force­ment Team, served a search war­rant at a res­i­dence where Salas-Fer­nan­dez was be­lieved to be, but he was not there.

One of the vic­tims in the shoot­ing sus­tained mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds and was trans­ported to Yuma Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter and later flown to a Phoenix-area hos­pi­tal. After be­ing sought for nearly a month, Salas-Fer­nan­dez turned him­self in to YCSO on Satur­day.

G. SALASFERNANDEZ

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