Sheriff's Office investigating Cole County homicide
Tue, 20 Dec 2011 21:00:00 GMT —
Update: 9:31 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23.: Cole County Sheriff Greg White said both of the men who were wanted for the murder of Francisco Navarro turned themselves in early Friday morning. Jose Hurtado and Rafael Fuentes were both wanted on second-degree murder charges. Early Friday morning, the men met authorities at a pre-arranged location on Ellis Blvd in Jefferson City. Authorities suspect Hurtado gunned down Navarro during an argument between Fuentes and the driver of a vehicle Navarro was riding in. Witnesses said the argument stemmed from a loud muffler on the truck in which Navarro was a passenger. Update: Thursday, Dec. 22 at 5:45 p.m.:
Cole County Sheriff Greg White confirms deputies have located Fuentes' 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora in California, Missouri.
The car is being processed now.
White didn't give many details about where the car was, he only said it wasn't found in a garage.
Update: Thursday, Dec. 22 at 3:00 p.m.:
Wednesday night Cole County Sheriff's Deputies executed search warrants of Fuentes and Hurtado's homes in California, Mo.
California police also assisted in the search of the homes.
Officials with the police department told KRCG the families of both of the men were at the homes during the search.
Update: Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 3:36 p.m.:
The Cole County Sheriff TMs Office has released photos of the two men wanted in an Apache Flats homicide.
Prosecutors already charged Rafael Fuentes, 23, and Jose Hurtado, 22, with 2nd degree murder in the shooting death of Francisco Navarro. The victim lived in the Apache Manor Trailer Park, which is where the shooting happened Sunday night.
In a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Sheriff Greg White said Fuentes and Hurtado are considered armed and dangerous and if anyone comes across them, they should use extreme caution.
It TMs believed the two are traveling in a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora with Missouri plates DF0-R8N. The vehicle is either tan or gray in color with heavily-tinted windows.
Surveillance video caught the car on camera. This is a look at the actual vehicle officers are searching for|
White said his department has alerted all the states that border Missouri and the Mexico border to be on the lookout for Hurtado and Fuentes. The sheriff TMs office isn TMt sure if the pair is from Missouri, Mexico or somewhere else.
If they aren TMt from Mexico, they are from somewhere even more south.
Sheriff White said the men did not live in the trailer park where the shooting happened. Records show the men having California, Missouri addresses as recently as 2008 and 2010.
Update: Wednesday, December 21st at 11:20 a.m.:
While authorities are searching for the two men they believe killed a man in Cole County, the prosecuting attorney's office has filed charges against them.
In a probable cause statement a deputy with the Cole County Sheriff's Department, Detective Ryan Petty said Jose Hurtado, born in 1989, and Rafael Fuentes, born in 1988 were invovled in Sunday night's shooting.
Hurtado is charged with second degree murder and Fuentes is charged with second degree murder and hindering prosecution.
The probable cause statement said witnesses who were interviewed told detectives the two men were at Apache Manor Trailer Park when a physical altercation between Rafael Fuentes and another man, Jesus Hernandez broke out.
Witnesses then said the victim, Francisco Navarro, 26, was going to help his friend, then Hurtado shot him, a gun shot wound that later killed him.
Court documents said Fuentes is also charged with hindering prosecution because he helped Hurtado avoid arrest by driving him away from the crime scene.
Fuentes is currently on parole for unlawful use of a weapon in which he shot a gun into a police officer's house.
Pictures weren't immediately available.
Update: Wednesday, December 21st at 10:45 a.m.:
The Cole County Sheriff's Department is holding a news conference Wednesday afternoon to update the media and the public on the case of a fatal Sunday night shooting.Sheriff's Department officials would not say if any arrests had been made.KRCG will be at the news conference, and bring you all the details.
Update: Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 3:00 p.m.:
The search is still on for two people wanted in the death of a man.
Cole County Sheriff Greg White said deputies have not arrested anyone for killing Francisco Navarro. The 26-year-old died in a shooting Sunday at the Apache Manor Trailer Park.
White said his office knows of a possible suspect, but he TMs not naming that person at this time.
White also explained that the sheriff TMs office has several good leads deputies are following to try and track down the people responsible.
Update: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19: Cole County authorities have released the name of the man who died in an Apache Flats shooting Sunday night.Police said Francisco Navarro, 26, died in the shooting. He was a Mexican national who was a resident of the mobile home park.The Cole County Sheriff's Office said the call came in about the shooting at 9:37 p.m. at the Apache Manor Trailer Park on Bus. 50 W.Witnesses at the scene told the sheriff's office that Navarro was riding in a pickup truck with another Hispanic male coming into the mobile home park when they were met by a pair of Hispanic men getting into a grey four-door late model sedan. Authorities said the men getting into the sedan were complaining about the loud muffler on the pickup truck and a fight broke out between the two drivers of the vehicles. When Navarro left the pickup truck to stop the fight, witnesses said the passenger of the sedan got out and fired three shots, hitting Navarro with one. He was taken to St. Mary's in Jefferson City and then life-lighted to Columbia, where he was pronounced dead at 11:27 p.m.The passenger of the sedan shot Navarro with a 9mm handgun. Authorities are looking for the grey four-door sedan which was last seen leaving the trailer park headed westbound. The two men involved are described as latin males in their mid 20s to early 30s.Anyone with information about the men or their vehicle are asked to call the Cole County Sheriff's Office at (573)634-9160 and ask for Aaron Bollinger. Update: 12:10 a.m. Dec. 19: The Cole County Sheriff's Office has confirmed they are investigating a homicide in Cole County near Jefferson City.Cole County Sheriff Greg White said it happened in Apache Flats Sunday evening. He said three rounds were fired and one of them killed the victim.White said they are not releasing the name of the victim because they are waiting on notification of next of kin. Information about the shooter was also not released.A news conference is planned for late Monday morning regarding the shooting. It happened at the Apache Manor Trailer Park just off Bus. Hwy 50 about a mile out of Jefferson City.Original Story:Law enforcement are on the scene of a shooting at the Apache Manor Trailer Park.
A victim has a reported wound to the upper right shoulder and torso.
He is being flown to University Hospital in Columbia right now.
Authorities are looking for two men, possibly Hispanic driving a light brown or grey Oldsmobile Alero with dark tint on the back windows.
We TMll update this story as more details become available.