San Clemente man shot and killed at home

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Sheriff's deputies are still trying to figure out who shot and killed a San Clemente man in his home last week.

Deputies were called to 21 Wild Wolf in San Clemente at about 3 p.m., Thursday, April 24, to a call of shots fired. When deputies arrived, they found 26-year-old Patrick Chavez dead with multiple gunshot wounds.

Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Don Derrick said a relative of Chavez, who was home at the time of the shooting, told investigators that two men, both Hispanic, one short and one tall, had gone to the house and asked for Chavez by name.

Derrick said when the two men got to the door, some type of altercation occurred and that's when the shots were fired.

The detective said they have identified the caliber of weapon used in the shooting and said Chavez was shot at least three times.

The family member who was at the house, Derrick said, didn't recognize the two suspects, and because the witness is intellectually challenged, the sheriff's office will bring in a forensic interviewer who is trained in questioning people who have diminished capacities.

Derrick did say the relative was able to say that the two men left in either a sliver or grey car, but the make or model of the vehicle is unknown or whether it is a two- or four-door car.

"We're interviewing friends, family and we're trying to identify all of his friends off of his phone and through social media accounts," Derrick said. "We'll continue that until we get the information we need."

The detective said the sheriff's department has not dealt with Chavez before and said he doesn't have a criminal record.

"The investigation is still in the early stages," Derrick said. "We want to make sure to let people know that this appears to be very specific. The argument appears to be between the suspects and the victim, and we don't believe the general public is in danger from a random act.

"This was tied to this family for some reason known only to the family and suspects," he said. "We don't believe the general public is in any danger."

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Sgt. Don Derrick at 866-3321.


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