Lester Cruz : “Man Arrested in Redlands for Fatal Shooting in Colton”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Man Arrested in Redlands for Fatally Shooting Colton Man

A 43-year-old man has been arrested in Redlands on Wednesday on suspicion of fatally shooting a man in Colton last week. The shooting occurred on December 8th in the 600 block of East C Street. The victim, identified as 38-year-old Lester Cruz, was found suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. Despite being hospitalized, Cruz tragically succumbed to his injuries, according to police reports.

On Wednesday, at approximately 11:44 a.m., detectives from the Colton Police Department successfully identified and apprehended the suspect, Eric Brandon Lopez, in Redlands. The Redlands Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Division provided invaluable assistance during the operation. Lopez has subsequently been arrested on suspicion of homicide and has been booked at the West Valley Detention Center.

Although the motive and the circumstances leading up to the shooting have not been disclosed to the public, Colton Police Sgt. Robert Vega has confirmed that the incident is not believed to be gang-related. This revelation provides some reassurance to the local community, as it suggests that the shooting was an isolated incident rather than part of a larger pattern of violence.

In recent years, Colton has experienced a decline in crime rates, thanks to the concerted efforts of law enforcement agencies and community outreach programs. Nevertheless, incidents like this serve as a reminder that there is still work to be done in ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents.

As the investigation into this tragic shooting continues, the Colton Police Department is urging anyone with information related to the incident to come forward and assist with their inquiries. The police department remains committed to resolving this case and providing justice for the victim and his grieving loved ones.

It is hoped that the arrest of Eric Brandon Lopez will bring some closure to the community and provide answers to the questions surrounding this senseless act of violence. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

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