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Press Release – Officer involved shooting 1901C-2707

Cathedral City Police are investigating a shooting incident, which happened at about 4:50 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Police responded to a scene near Date Palm Drive and McCallum Way, regarding a disturbance between a male and female, reported at 4:42 p.m. A Cathedral City police officer arrived a short time after, at which point the officer saw a Hispanic male shoot a Hispanic female, killing her.

The incident happened in front of the officer. The suspect immediately began shooting at the officer, striking the officer’s police vehicle several times. The officer then returned fire, striking the suspect. Cathedral City Fire Department paramedics were immediately dispatched to assist with emergency medical aid. The suspect was then transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

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Press Release – Gun Buyback Program 2018

The Cathedral City Police Department completed a “Gun Buyback Program” for December 2018. The Cathedral City Gun Buyback Program rewarded the voluntary surrender of firearms, while engaging our community towards a common goal of reducing gun violence. The event was created as an anonymous turn-in process in which individuals drove their vehicles up and surrendered their weapons, no questions asked. Those turning in guns were given gift cards from various local retailers and businesses. The guns then become property of the police department. The serial numbers were checked and the guns will be scheduled for destruction. As of the time of this release, there are over 50 guns that have been turned in. Handguns amounted for almost half of the guns turned in and rifles amounted to the other half. At least two “assault-type” rifles – as classified by the State of California – were turned in. The Cathedral City Police Department worked in partnership with Falcon Brands Inc. who assisted in funding this anti-crime program, which was a great success

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Press Release – CCPD Gun Buyback

The Cathedral City Police Department has organized a “Gun Buyback Program” for December 2018.  The Cathedral City Gun Buyback Program will reward the voluntary surrender of firearms, while engaging our community towards a common goal of reducing gun violence. It is an anonymous process in which individuals can surrender their weapons, no questions asked.

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Press Release – Suicide / Case #1812C-0624

On Wednesday 12/19/18 at 0624 hours, Cathedral City Police officers were dispatched to the area of Date Palm Drive and Gerald Ford regarding a male subject on the ground.  Officers responded to the area 200 feet east of the intersection on Gerald Ford, in a dirt lot near the Oasis RV park (36100 Date Palm Drive) where they located a deceased male at the location.  A citizen reported locating the deceased male and called 911.  Cathedral City Police Detectives and the Riverside County Coroner’s Office responded to the location.  At this time, the case has been determined to be a suicide and the investigation is being completed by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.  The deceased is a 60- year old male from the State of Idaho.  Police presence in the area and disruption to traffic has been minimal at this time – there are no road closures or detours.  Please refer any other inquiries to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office. 

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Press Release AOD 1812C-3588

United States Postal Inspectors served an arrest warrant at 69831 Sunny Lane.  They were assisted by the Cathedral City Police Department in the service of the warrant.  The above listed subject is suspected of assaulting a US Postal worker and stealing a package from the worker, which occurred in the City of Desert Hot Springs.  During the warrant service at 0630 hours today, evidence of a marijuana honey-oil extraction-lab was located inside the residence.  This included clandestine lab equipment and marijuana plants.  Finished product was located inside the residence, along with several weapons, State of California non-compliant, high-capacity magazines and a large amount of ammunition.   Victorero was renting the residence along with his girlfriend (unidentified) who was not arrested. Vitorero was taken into custody for the arrest warrant and charged with 18 U.S. Code 111.  Other Federal Law Enforcement Agencies responded to the scene to participate in and complete the illegal lab operation investigation, which is continuing at this time.

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