The moment the dad who allegedly killed his daughter’s ex “didn’t give up”
Father who killed daughter’s ex-boyfriend goes to police station to surrender, but changes his mind and runs after shooting 26-year-old man in the head for chasing girl in car
Footage of a California man who allegedly killed his daughter’s ex-boyfriend after he tried to get into her car showed him trying to identify himself to authorities before fleeing. When Jose G. Mendoza (pictured), 59, learned his daughter was allegedly being chased by Giovanni Gutierrez in his car, he drove to the 37000 block of Sierra Highway and shot him in the head.
Surveillance footage released by police to ABC 7 shows Mendoza at the sheriff’s station, 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.
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 (pictured) told ABC 7. “He reached through the window after taking 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, before adding, “The shooter has been identified as Jose G. Mendoza of Little Rock.” Detectives also 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. In the photo: a journalist near the workplace of Mendoza’s daughter.
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 about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit.”
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