Sheriff’s Dept. investigates the murder of a man in East County

By Gina Yarbrough

Potrero, CA–San Diego Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a 35-year-old man found shot in the torso Thursday morning in East County, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon around 8 a.m. near the 1000 block of Harris Ranch Rd. in Potrero. 

When deputies arrived on the scene they located the man on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound to his torso. Fire Department paramedics transported the man to a local Cal Fire station to be airlifted by Mercy Air to a local hospital, but he died prior to the flight ambulance arriving, according to Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Chris Steffen in a statement.

Deputies obtained information about a 33-year-old man who may have been involved in the incident. The man reportedly left the area in a motorhome. Deputies were able to locate the man driving westbound on Hwy 94 about two miles from the incident location. They conducted a traffic stop and detained him. 

“We are still determining this man’s level of involvement in the incident,” Steffen said in the release.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, the circumstances and motivation of the homicide are still under investigation. No firearms have been recovered.

The identity of the victim is known but his name will not be released until family notifications have been made.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (858) 285-6330/after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.



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