Cathedral City Police Department Press Release

Homicide Investigation – Case 2203C-6060

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Issuing Employee: Commander Rick Sanchez, 760-202-2488
Type of Case: Homicide Investigation – Case 2203C-6060

Date/Time Reported: March 24, 2022 / 3:28 p.m.
Location of Occurrence: Shifting Sands Trail X Mission Indian Trail

Name: Juan Gonzalez Age: 48-Year-Old Male
City of Residence: Unknown

Synopsis of Incident

On March 24, 2022, at about 3:28 p.m. CCPD received multiple calls regarding a shooting that occurred near the intersection of Shifting Sands Trail & Mission Indian Trail in Cathedral City. One reporting party told dispatch one male subject was struck by gunfire.

Upon arrival, officers located Juan Gonzalez (48 YO), unknown city of residence, lying in the front yard of the residence injured from gunfire. Cathedral City Fire Department Paramedics arrived on scene a short time later and began rendering medical aid. Due to the injuries suffered, Gonzalez succumbed to his injuries on scene.

Cathedral City Police Detectives were called to the scene and began their investigation. After conducting a preliminary investigation, a suspect vehicle was identified and later located in the 35700 block of Date Palm Drive. A person of interest was detained for questioning.


On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at approximately 1609 hours, a 17-year-old Juvenile, resident of Desert Hot Springs, was arrested in connection with the murder of Juan Gonzalez. The juvenile was located and arrested by the Riverside County Gang Impact Team. With the help of the Riverside County Gang Impact Team, numerous search warrants were written which led to the apprehension of our outstanding suspect. The juvenile was arraigned on 05/20/2022 on charges of PC 187(A) (Murder), PC 186.22 (Street gang-violent felony), PC 190.2(A)(21) (Discharge firearm from vehicle), PC 12022.53 (E) (Association w/criminal street gang), PC 12022.53(D) Discharge firearm causing great bodily injury). He is currently being held at Indio Juvenile Hall.

We would like to let the public know there are no outstanding suspects regarding this investigation.

If you have information related to this incident or believe you may have information, please contact Cathedral City Police Detective Todd Brothers at 760-770-0330 or Investigations Commander Rick Sanchez at 760-202-2488, or via the Cathedral City Police Department Website at: or
You may also report your information anonymously through the WeTip hotline at: 1-(800)-78-CRIME or Some tip information may qualify for a cash reward.

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