Sus­pect fa­tally shot dur­ing ar­rest

Je­sus Guz­man was sought for ques­tion­ing in seven An­te­lope Val­ley homi­cides.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Alene Tchekmedyian alene.tchekmedyian@la­times.com Twit­ter: @AleneTchek

A man who was wanted for ques­tion­ing in seven An­te­lope Val­ley homi­cides and sus­pected in an eighth was killed by au­thor­i­ties Thurs­day morn­ing when he pulled out a weapon dur­ing his ar­rest, Los An­ge­les County sher­iff ’s of­fi­cials said.

Homi­cide de­tec­tives tracked Je­sus “Chuy” Guz­man, 34, to Charles­ton View, Calif., a com­mu­nity near the Ne­vada bor­der, where, along with the U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice Pa­cific South­west Re­gional Task Force, they went to ar­rest him just be­fore noon, the Sher­iff’s Depart­ment said.

Guz­man bran­dished a hand­gun at the pur­su­ing of­fi­cers and was shot.

He died at the scene, and his weapon was re­cov­ered, au­thor­i­ties said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­gan search­ing for Guz­man last month af­ter they found three de­com­pos­ing bod­ies on the prop­erty he rented in the 30900 block of 106th Street East in Lit­tle­rock. Two have been iden­ti­fied as Jose Joseph Lara Paez, 66, and Juli­eta Arvizu, 49, both of Lit­tle­rock.

Later last month, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found the re­mains of two more bod­ies in a dif­fer­ent part of the prop­erty.

Guz­man was also named as a per­son of in­ter­est in the fa­tal shoot­ings of Ger­ardo “Jerry” De Luna, 33, and Mar­i­ano Pan­duro Cam­pos, 41, who were found dead on Cam­pos’ prop­erty in Lit­tle­rock, ac­cord­ing to Sher­iff ’s Lt. Joe Men­doza.

Guz­man, De Luna and Cam­pos “were ac­quainted so­cially,” Men­doza said ear­lier this month. “It took us a lit­tle while to fig­ure out he was a friend of theirs, and based on the other stuff he’s in­volved in, we’d like to ask if he knows what hap­pened dur­ing that dou­ble mur­der.”

The River­side County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment was also look­ing for Guz­man. He, along with Rodolfo Gar­cia, 35, of Per­ris, was sus­pected in a botched home­in­va­sion rob­bery in Menifee in Fe­bru­ary that claimed the life of Sil­vano Gu­tier­rez Esteves, 43, ac­cord­ing to a depart­ment news re­lease. Gar­cia has been ar­rested and charged with mur­der.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the two were drawn to the “large amount of mar­i­juana” found on Esteves’ prop­erty.

Wit­nesses re­ported see­ing sev­eral men flee­ing the prop­erty af­ter Esteves was killed, the news re­lease said.

‘It took us a lit­tle while to fig­ure out he was a friend of theirs.’ — Joe Men­doza, L.A. County sher­iff ’s lieu­tenant

L.A. County Sher­iff 's Depart­ment

JE­SUS “Chuy” Guz­man was shot af­ter pulling a gun, au­thor­i­ties say.

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