Photo: LATINO BLOTTER: Drunken Gun Game in California Ends With 1 Death, 2 Arrests
A Los Angeles area home was the site of a game gone horribly wrong over the weekend, when one man’s life was ended after being shot in the head.
On the night of Sunday, April 8, police say a group of friends were drinking and playing a game called “Pass the Pistol”, when two shots were fired from the gun, with one bullet shooting 25-year-old Saul Radillo Zacarias in the head.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says 43-year-old Tito Roberto Diaz and the victim were guests at a party hosted by 25-year-old William Israel Jimenez and a roommate on April 8. Police, who responded to a “shots fired” call at the Van Nuys apartment, found the victim’s body in a dumpster outside of the complex.
The defendants were found underneath parked cars near the scene and arrested by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Diaz is charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of carrying an unregistered, loaded handgun. The complaint also alleges that the defendant personally used a firearm, a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
Jimenez is charged with one count of accessory after the fact with a special allegation that a principal was armed with a firearm.
Diaz and Jimenez remain in custody. Bail for Diaz is recommended at $115,000, while Jimenez is being held on $40,000 bail.
If convicted as charged, Diaz faces a maximum sentence of 14 years, eight months in state prison and Jimenez faces a maximum term of four years in county jail.