Cathedral City Police Department Press Release

Press Release 187 1908-4063.1

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: Cathedral City Police (760) 770-0300


Issuing Employee: Commander Paul Herrera – 760-770-0308 –
Type of Case: Homicide Investigation / #1908C-4063

Date/Time Reported: August 19, 2019 / 0052 hrs.
Location of Occurrence: 68000 Block of Madrid Rd. and intersection w/ Riviera Rd. Cathedral City, CA

Name:   Unidentified
City of Residence:

Name:   Not for Release
Age:     21
City of Residence:  Cathedral City, CA

On August 19, 2019 at approximately 0052 hours, Cathedral City Police Dispatch received 911 calls, regarding a disturbance in the area of the 68300 Block of Madrid Road.  Cathedral City Police officers responded to the area (arriving at 0101 hrs.) and found an adult male on the street/sidewalk area suffering from an undetermined number of gunshots to his body.  CCPD officers started immediate life-saving efforts until Cathedral City Fire Paramedics responded to transported him to Desert Regional Medical Center for emergency medical care.

Unfortunately, the victim (a 21 year old Cathedral City resident) was pronounced deceased after lifesaving efforts failed. The Riverside County Coroner’s Office was notified and responded to DRMC.

Cathedral City Police Detectives were notified and took over the criminal investigation.  The investigation has – thus far – revealed a disturbance took place at a nearby residence in the 68300 Block of Madrid Rd.   At least two males exited the residence and traveled on foot to where this shooting incident took place.  No witnesses or involved parties were located at the scene and detectives are currently investigating this as a criminal homicide case.

This is the second homicide event within the same 24 hour period in Cathedral City.  CCPD’s preliminary investigation indicates the two cases are in no way related.  This investigation is on-going and is still in its foundational stages – no other information is available.

The victim has been identified by law enforcement; however, his identity will not be released at this time, pending the Riverside County Coroner’s investigation and their formal notifications.

The Cathedral City Police Department is asking for assistance from the community – if you have information related to this incident or believe you have information, please contact Cathedral City Police Detectives at 760-770-0300 / Detective Sergeant Rick Sanchez at 760-202-2488 or via the police dept. website at

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