Cadre a California A man who allegedly killed his daughter’s ex-boyfriend after he tried to get into her car has revealed he tried to turn himself in to authorities before running away.
When Jose G. Mendoza, 59, learned that his daughter was allegedly being chased by Giovanni Gutierrez in his vehicle, he drove to the 37000 block of Sierra Highway and shot him in the head.
The police released the footage from the video surveillance cameras ABC 7 shows Mendoza at the sheriff’s station, who is believed to be trying to surrender. It remains unclear when the footage was taken.
The footage shows the 59-year-old entering the sheriff’s station, waiting at the counter for a short time before turning around and slowly walking away.
Mendoza appeared to be holding a cell phone at the time and remained at large on Wednesday.
Deputies responded to a domestic violence call in the 37000 block of Sierra Highway in Palmdale, California shortly before 5:00 p.m. Monday.
Jose G. Mendoza, 59, is on the run after he allegedly shot his daughter’s ex-boyfriend in the head after he tried to force his way into her car
Surveillance footage from the sheriff’s station shows Mendoza allegedly trying to surrender before leaving and running
Surveillance footage released by police shows Mendoza entering the sheriff’s station, waiting at the counter for a short time before turning around and leaving
When they arrived at the scene, Gutierrez, 26, was found unharmed with a gunshot wound, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Gutierrez allegedly confronted his ex-girlfriend, Mendoza’s daughter, at her Diamond Buick GMC Palmdale workplace and took her cell phone.
In an attempt to return the device, Mendoza’s daughter organized a meeting nearby, but as soon as the cell phone was returned, Gutierrez tried to break her car mirror, so she ran.
Witnesses told police that Gutierrez was in his car, a white Chrysler 300M sedan, “chasing his ex-girlfriend,” who was driving a gray sedan.
During the chase, the two vehicles collided at least once, authorities said.
“Investigators learned that Gutierrez was the source of the domestic violence call,” police said.
Gutierrez allegedly tried to break into his ex-girlfriend’s car while she was seeking help from family members who called 911.
“She told us she was in the car and Giovanni was trying to get in,” Detective Derrick Alfred told ABC 7.
A reporter outside Mendoza’s daughter’s workplace, where Gutierrez allegedly confronted his ex-girlfriend before taking her cellphone and allegedly stalking her in his car
Detective Derrick Alfred said Gutierrez allegedly took Mendoza’s daughter’s keys, tried to open the door to get her out, and allegedly grabbed her throat with his hands
“He was reaching through the window after he had already taken her keys, trying to open the door, trying to get her out of the car, and at one point he put his hands around her throat.”
As Gutierrez tried to get into her vehicle, a white Ford Ranger pickup truck arrived at the scene, according to investigators.
“The passenger got out of the Ford Ranger, approached Gutierrez and shot him in the head,” police said.
“The shooter has been identified as Jose G. Mendoza of Little Rock.”
Detectives said Mendoza’s daughter did not know he would be at the scene.
After police arrived, Gutierrez, who was unresponsive, was taken to a local hospital, where he later died of a gunshot wound.
Mendoza is described as a Hispanic male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.
“Mendoza is believed to be armed with a semi-automatic handgun and is not to be approached,” police said.
“Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit.”