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Update: February Homicide
Posted On: May 21, 2013
On February, 1, 2013 at approximately 4:56pm, officers responded to the 7800 block of Barnum Drive, regarding shots fired. Upon their arrival, they found a male lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The male victim (mid 20’s) was pronounced dead by the Los Angeles County Fire Department at the scene.
Witnesses stated they heard multiple gunshots before they saw the victim lying in the street and a Toyota pickup truck speeding away from the scene. Whittier officers conducted an area check and found the truck abandoned in the 7100 block of Gretna Avenue.
After following up on multiple leads, investigators were able to identify a suspect. The suspect was arrested and search warrants were executed at two residences in an effort to gain additional evidence. The evidence was submitted to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and they filed multiple felony counts on the suspect, including murder.
Joey Antonio Barrios is a 22-year-old resident of unincorporated Whittier. He is being held on $2,000,000 bail and is set to appear at Norwalk Court on June 5, 2013.
For questions regarding this incident, please call Community Relations Officer Brad White at 562-567-9208.
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