PALMDALE – A woman was detained after she shot one of two men she saw fighting, killing him, authorities said.
The shooting happened just before 11:14 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, on the 36500 block of Rozalee Drive in Palmdale, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“Investigators have learned that two male Hispanic adults were involved in physical altercation when an associate of both males feared for one of the individual’s safety. In order to defend him, she fired one round at the victim, striking him in the lower torso. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead,” the news release states.
All three people involved in the incident were acquaintances, deputies said. In the early stages of the investigation, it was not clear Sunday if detectives would ask prosecutors to file charges against the woman. No names were released, and no further information was immediately available.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
UPDATE: Homicide detectives have made two arrests in connection with the shooting death. Jessica Cortes, 24, and Alec Nelson, 28, both from Palmdale, have been booked for murder at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. They are each being held on $2 million bail. The weapon, a semi-automatic handgun, was recovered, sheriff’s officials said. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available.
UPDATE: The deceased has been identified as 38-year-old Ruben Flores, according to the coroner’s office and sheriff’s officials.
UPDATE: The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against Cortes and Nelson. Read our update here.