The Latest

Southern California breaking news and trends

Autopsy report reveals new details in alleged murder by off-duty sheriff's deputy

50763 full
50763 full

An autopsy report reveals more details about the death last June of a man in Sylmar allegedly shot by an off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy, including the possibility that a second person was involved.

LAPD detectives believe Francisco Gamez shot Armando Casillas, 38, after Casillas argued with Gamez's son. The new documents describe Casillas standing on the sidewalk outside his parents' Sylmar home shortly after the altercation. A car drove by and a man (Gamez, say police) shot at Casillas out the front passenger window, hitting him once in the chest. The shooter fired again, hitting a nearby car before speeding away.

It's unclear how many people were in the shooter's car. Detective Lou Zorilla, the investigator on the case, says police "are open to the possibility" that someone other than Gamez was driving. Gamez was arrested and charged with murder last month.

The Sheriff's Department placed Gamez on leave as soon as commanders there learned about the investigation in July. 

A deputy medical examiner found a medium-caliber bullet in Casillas's chest and bruises on his arms and legs. 

A toxicology analysis found alcohol, meth, and marijuana in Casillas's system. 

Gamez is due in court December 12 to enter a plea. 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Enjoy reading The Latest? You might like KPCC’s other blogs.

What's popular now on KPCC