By Jessica De Nova
COVINA, Calif. (KABC) — Officers with the Covina Police Department have surrounded a neighborhood after reports began coming in of a man seen in the area that matched the description of the burglary suspect accused of shooting and killing a man who confronted him.
Police say a UPS driver saw a man believed to be the suspect near an apartment complex on the corner of Bonnie Cove Avenue and Calora Street. It’s unclear if the person is the burglary suspect wanted by police.
#BREAKING @covinapd say a UPS driver saw a man matching the suspect description, followed him & lost him in apt. complex near corner of Bonnie Cove Ave & Calora St. the area is surrounded by PD. Officers are asking that person to come out with their hands up.
The father of three was shot and killed after confronting the burglary suspect.
It happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday after two residents spotted a man possibly burglarizing a vehicle in the 1100 block of N. Charter, according to police.
The suspect ran away but the residents later located him in the 1800 E. Covina Boulevard and confronted him. That’s when police say the suspect opened fire, killing one of them before running away.
Police haven’t officially identified the victim, but family members tell Eyewitness News 38-year-old Joey Casias was the man killed.
Family members say Casias was a UPS employee of 19 years and described him as a devoted father and great neighbor. The heartbroken family says they had plans to visit Disneyland and were preparing for the holidays.
Police have since released two images of the suspect who’s being described as having a light complexion and is considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Covina PD Detective Preciado at 626-384-5622 or Crime Stoppers (800) 222-TIPS (8477).
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the Casias family.